The Dead Live On in London
You could be forgiven for thinking that The Dead is a reference to exhausted fashion journalists after a month of collections. Rather it’s the name of the show that Damien Hirst’s art shop-cum-gallery Other Criteria staged last night to kick off impending art mania in London, with the Frieze Art Fair around the corner. Now, instead of getting worked up about Matthew Williamson and Christopher Bailey, Londoners can froth over art luminaries like Sir Peter Blake, Paul Stolper, and Johnnie Shand Kydd, all of whom attended last night’s event. There was unmistakable electricity in the air, possibly because Hirst’s limited-edition prints of shiny, shimmering skulls started at about £3,500, far more affordable than the £10 million that his formaldehyde-dipped shark brought in last year at Sotheby’s. In other words, it’s a relatively manageable amount for anyone wanting to capture a bit of English art history. Some of the prints will also be available in New York at Gagosian Gallery, at 988 Madison Avenue, where Other Criteria shares a space. “Actually, this skull would make a brilliant CD cover,” observed Blake while intensely studying one print. Given that Blake designed the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper album, it’s a safe bet to assume he would know.