Congratulations!! -by morfeas9

Public outrage followed one attempt to reclassify an event in art terms on September 10, 2002, the eve of the first anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, when Damien Hirst said in an interview with BBC News Online:

The thing about 9/11 is that it’s kind of like an artwork in its own right! David Hockney said that it was the ‘most wicked piece of artwork’—a lot of people have compared it to a work of art. Of course, it’s visually stunning and you’ve got to hand it to them on some level because they’ve achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible—especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing.”


In art intervensions there as a big debate over what is art or vandalism.


The Stuckists mention that “an act by an individual which interferes with an existing artwork is termed an intervention and the individual termed an artist if they are endorsed by a Tate curator or are dead. The same, or similar, act by an individual interfering with the same artwork (or even interfering with the interference to the artwork), if they are alive and are not endorsed by a Tate curator, is termed vandalism, and the individual termed a criminal.”

But I think that Hirst took it a bit too far with his statement on the 9/11. There is a lot on stake when you attempt to frame such an event with artistic notions.



Filed under Could it be art?, Could it be politics?

6 responses to “Congratulations!! -by morfeas9

  1. o a8ropos en allou.

    O 8anatos kai i 8li4i en nen texni.
    Je tora en miloume gia polemous (picasso etc), kai gia mourning opos ginete respesent se pinakes.

    Tora miloume gia ena tragiko kai parado3o event me 8imata individuals. En nen texni na 8oro ego pou tin tileorasi sto spiti mou a8ropous na pidoun pou ton 50sto orofo. En nen texni na lionoun ta paliosidera je na kamnei collapse to ktirio pano se 3ero go posus an8ropous.

  2. The following week, he issued a statement through his company, Science Ltd:

    “I apologise unreservedly for any upset I have caused, particularly to the families of the victims of the events on that terrible day.”

    Ti na pis…

  3. ne, to provlima ine oti katalamvenw to point of view tu hirst…and that’s what scares me the most…!i polli texni pellaniski se nomizw.

  4. Thats true. Stereotype number 34: Insanity linked to artistic spirit! Entha to ksanasizitiso tuto…:)

    To sigkekrimeno gegonos en lio strange to view it as an artistic statement worth of credit, not because the society wont accept that, but because of respect towards human pain.

  5. You must really like Damien Hirst in this blog.

  6. And yes, the man is insane.

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