Artist David Hockney recently took a swipe at Damien Hirst:
A small note on the posters for David Hockney‘s forthcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy contains a sly dig at another superstar artist about to launch a major exhibition. The note reads: “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.”
When I voted it looked like 86% of readers agreed with Hockney. While I am not a huge Hirst fan, I have to say his use of apprentices and other artisans to execute his work doesn’t really bother me. There are many art forms where this is the case – any sculptor who has his/her work cast has a whole team of people handling the technical details of the casting, everything from the mold to the patina. Chihuly has long worked using a studio method where he conceptualizes the idea and has his team actually create the piece.
As long as the artist creates an original concept, I don’t feel they have to physically handle every detail of bringing the work to completion. What do you think?