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Doubting Damien

The problem with assessing much modern art is that it's hard to tell the difference between a banal work and one whose theme is banality. So, how might we make a case against Damien Hirst?

By Ben Lewis   July 2007

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Beyond Belief, by Damien Hirst (White Cube, Hoxton Square & Mason’s Yard, until 7th July)

Damien Hirst’s new skull is studded with thousands of flawless diamonds—but does that make it a flawless work of art? Yes, according to most art critics. Reviews have been euphoric for Hirst’s new exhibition at London’s White Cube gallery—a big change from the mixed reaction to his blood-splattered cabinets of 2003, or his photorealist paintings of 2005. But now Damien has “redeemed himself,” as one critic put it, and created what “might be the art of…

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