Friday, November 2, 2007

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Hirst's Shark Arrives at Met (New York Times, October 16)


Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 13-foot-long shark preserved in 4,360 gallons of formaldehyde, has taken up residence in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art after six weeks of installation work. Owned by hedge-fund titan Steven A. Cohen, who purchased the 1991 piece for $8 million, the sea creature will terrify visitors to the museum for the next three years. Hirst had to replace the original shark last year because it had begun to rot. In a related story, the artist has been busy repairing another of his works, Mother and Child, Divided, an installation of a bisected cow and calf in four formaldehyde tanks housed in the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, due to a tank leak.

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