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Was BritArt any good?

Two things obsessed Damien Hirst and friends—making money and mortality

By Stephen Bayley   June 2016

Tracey Emin sits in front of her 1998 work, My Bed ©Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Damien Hirst’s shark and Tracey Emin’s unmade bed will be remembered forever. So too, perhaps, will Marc Quinn’s self-portrait of his head filled with his own frozen blood, although decomposing plasma and unreli- able refrigeration may mean that memories will be all that remain of his masterpiece.

Marcus Harvey’s Myra, a gigantic portrait of Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, may also enter the…

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