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Looking for life after Hirst

With conceptual art collapsing under the weight of its own stupidity, what comes next? When I met artist Mat Collishaw I caught a glimpse of another possible future

By Ben Lewis   May 2009

It’s all to play for, as far as the history of art in our times goes. An era of cultural as well as economic excess is drawing to a close. The principles that inspired artistic production are soon likely to follow into the dustbin of history those principles by which our economies were run, carrying with them the reputations of some of the most successful artists of our times. Out will go the idea that near identical conceptual works of art can be mass produced by factory-studios until demand is exhausted; out will go the idea that high production values—shininess,…

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