Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

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Discipline:
Arts & Music
Subject:
Museums and Galleries
Grade:
12

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Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Materials: Glass, painted steel, silicone, monofilament, shark and formaldehyde solution

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

This work by Damien Hirst exemplifies the ideas behind the Conceptual Art movement. The artists create works of art that provoke thought through the use of installation and juxtaposition, instead of fabrication and craft. Hirst memorializes a tiger shark in a vitrine of formaldehyde, in an attempt to capture the essence of death and forcing the viewer to confront the beast's life after its capture. Works such as this often get questioned of its validity in the definition of art- why do we consider this as art when the artist has had little to no hand in its production? The rationale rests on the fact that Conceptual Art values the idea behind the work, rather than the manipulation by the artist's hand. While we can argue for or against works of art made in this way, one thing is certain: the art world constantly changes its rules and boundaries, and we must follow its evolution if we plan on understanding the mechanics of art.

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