It has long been insider, perhaps polemic, knowledge that the Gallerius Giganticus
art world is a heavily controlled sphere from which emerging artists are kept at bay in a kind of 'this town aint big enough for the two [sic] of us' scenario. If the artworld is a mafia, then Damien Hirst is surely the king-pin as far as the United Kingdom is concerned. I and many others are bored of seeing his smarmy face grining with glee as his wallet explodes and the press assemble to perpetuate the fallacy. I would love to see 'new blood' splattered across his kingdom. I believe Cartrain was a hero for 'liberating' his pencils and holding them for ransom even if it was a publicity stunt on his part. Hirst and his representatives valued the loss of the pencils at around £500,000. What a complete absurdity! I am of course playing the Devil's advocat here, in actual fact I do appreciate his art. It is the issues orbiting the art and his commercial immorality that I think is highly contentios/abhorent. Is it time there was a metaphorical coup, a revolution?
Omar Zingaro Bhatia