Damien Hirst cartoon.
Damien Hirst’s shark in formaldehyde, titled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”
A cartoon commenting on Damien Hirst as a ‘big fish’ in the contemporary art world
The cartoon uses Damien Hirst’s iconic shark in a tank to criticise aspects of the contemporary art world.
The caption of the cartoon is “I see it as Damien Hirst’s way of saying that he’s a very big fish in the very small fishtank that is the contemporary art world. It’s also saying that contemporary art is trapped in suspended animation in the confined space of its own limited self-definition and that it’s doomed to go nowhere.”
His shark was exhibited at the Sensations exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, London.
Damien Hirst was a member of the Young British Artists or YBAs.