on view: “it could honestly just be drugs”

Like many others, I’ve been following Damien Hirst’s Gagosian Gallery worldwide takeover.  The idea of a wealthy living artist is fascinating enough but reactions to the fact that Hirst only laid hands on a fraction of his infamous and extremely high-priced Spot Paintings, leaving the detailed work to a crew of assistants, is best described as apoplectic. Hirst is not the first nor will he be the last artist to collaboratively create work so I’m still trying to figure out what the big deal is.  Is the outcry pure haterade or just a smokescreen for the larger issues surrounding inequity in the global art market? The jury’s still out on that one but thank goodness Hennessy Youngman’s around to provide some perspective.