Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hirst critic denied entry to the Tate show

The Independent reports days after it published his condemnation of Hirst as a "con artist" whose art is "worthless" financially and artistically, Julian Spalding (author of the book Con Art - Why You Ought To Sell Your Damien Hirsts While You Can) was denied entry to the Tate's Hirst exhibition. Spalding had turned up at the request of the BBC and two German TV stations only to be informed that the Tate would not allow the interviews. "The Tate's job is to encourage debate about art," he said. The fact that I'm not allowed to talk about the work in front of it is extraordinary."
Image: Damien Hirst at the opening of his Tate show