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    For The Love of God

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    Discussion of Religion from a political, societal, or cultural stand point.




    Damien Hirst
    For the Love of God, 2007
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Love_of_God



    What does this sculpture say to you?

    Is it worth $50 million?

    What does the title of this sculpture mean?

    Is this sculpture religious in nature or intent?

    Is this sculpture political in nature or intent?

    Is this sculpture artistic in nature or intent?

    Where do art, politics, and religion meet?



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    Re: For The Love of God

    It's a bedazzled human skull. It's religious, because, without humans, there'd be no religion.

    It's political for the same reason.

    Not particularly thought provoking. I consider this "bad" art.
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    Re: For The Love of God

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    It's a bedazzled human skull. It's religious, because, without humans, there'd be no religion.

    It's political for the same reason.

    Not particularly thought provoking. I consider this "bad" art.
    B-but it's got bedazzles inside the eye sockets and nose! That means it's great art, right?
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    Re: For The Love of God

    "Bad art"? "Great art"? Maybe, maybe not. Is it art? That's another question.

    Whatever it is aesthetically speaking, as a concept it delivers a rather powerful message, I think.
    As a memento mori, a diamond-encrusted human skull offers an image to conjure with.
    Whether political or religious depends, it seems to me, on how one takes the title -- as idiomatic and exclamatory or as declarative and cautionary.
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    Re: For The Love of God

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    B-but it's got bedazzles inside the eye sockets and nose! That means it's great art, right?
    When did Hirst ever produce any great art?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyzygy View Post
    When did Hirst ever produce any great art?
    Hirst aside, whatever art is, "great art," it seems to me, is a product of time. In this light no contemporary art is ever "great art."
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    Re: For The Love of God

    Quote Originally Posted by Angel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zyzygy View Post
    When did Hirst ever produce any great art?
    Hirst aside, whatever art is, "great art," it seems to me, is a product of time. In this light no contemporary art is ever "great art."

    Is this "great art"?

    I don't know. But 100 years later it is still with us.

    Indeed:

    In December 2004, Duchamp's Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals. The Independent noted in a February 2008 article that with this single work, Duchamp invented conceptual art and "severed forever the traditional link between the artist's labour and the merit of the work".
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    Re: For The Love of God

    Quote Originally Posted by zyzygy View Post
    When did Hirst ever produce any great art?
    When he bedazzled a skull, obviously.
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    The Artist as Hamlet




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    Re: For The Love of God

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    It's a bedazzled human skull. It's religious, because, without humans, there'd be no religion.

    It's political for the same reason.

    Not particularly thought provoking. I consider this "bad" art.
    Well said!

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