Damien Hirst

I went and saw Damien Hirst’s new show, The Elusive Truth, at the Gagosian gallery in NYC. He’s broken away from his old vitrines and the gallery is almost entirely composed of large paintings. This is the ultimate goal of any artist – to be able to wake up and decide to do whatever he wants. If Damien wants to do pottery tomorrow, he’ll make pottery. However, I’m not impressed with his painting skill. It’s a shame that the most celebrated contemporary artist proved that he cannot paint as well as the masters, although, it’s not his fault. Art schools don’t teach artists how to paint properly anymore. With a medium as technical as painting, it begs the question, does technique or technical ability even matter anymore in today’s art world?