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Damien Hirst 'stole' ideas, claims critic

6th September 2010

British artist Damien Hirst was inspired by other works when creating 15 of his pieces, a group that campaigns against conceptual art has alleged.

In an article published in art magazine The Jackdaw, Charles Thomson, co-founder of the Stuckists art movement, shows pictures of a number of Hirst's works alongside the items he claims they are inspired by.

One example claims that Hirst's 1991 piece The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, which is a shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, is predated by an exhibition of a shark by Eddie Saunders in 1989.

Elsewhere in the article, Thomson notes that Hirst's Loving in a World of Desire, which was exhibited in 1995, and Hans Haacke's 1964 work Floating Sphere are remarkably similar, both featuring a ball being suspended by jets of air.

Thomson told the Guardian: 'Hirst puts himself forward as a great artist, but a lot of his work exists only because other artists have come up with original ideas which he has stolen.'

Commenting on the allegations to the BBC, the artist's press officer said that a 'comprehensive' rebuttal will be issued by Hirst in the future and dismissed the article as 'poor journalism'.
 

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