April 26, 2005

Hirst Jumps the Shark

[FINAL UPDATE: OK, this post is lame. If the only occurrence of the obvious jumps-the-shark joke had been in a context where it wasn't obvious that the user was in on the joke, it might have been funny to point it out. But given that several other people were on it already, piling in on the jumps-the-shark joke was just lame. I'm leaving the post up as an example of the perils of failing to do a proper lit search.

This update is the promised post on the surprise inspection paradox, BTW.]

The other week I caught Damien Hirst's exhibition of new paintings at the Gagosian. Like most people, apparently, I thought it sucked. Coulda saved everyone a bunch of trouble by having his assistants paint a sign saying "I, Damien Hirst, am obsessed by pharmaceuticals, hospitals, and the marginalized of society."

I'm mentioning it now so I can link to this gallery roundup:

Most reviews say this is the show where Hirst jumps the shark, and I can see why as most of the subject matter has already been covered.

Intentionally funny?

[UPDATE: Ah, you find the obvious pun by searching for "hirst 'jumped the shark'"; didn't really think I could be the first one on this.]

Posted by Matt Weiner at April 26, 2005 02:26 PM

I had an intro aesthetics student who wrote a paper on how much Wittgenstein would have liked Hirst's dead shark.

Posted by: Lindsay Beyerstein at April 30, 2005 09:34 PM

That seems potentially cool, actually. What was the argument? Was there one?

Posted by: Matt Weiner at May 1, 2005 09:01 AM