Damien Hirst cartoon. Can a vegetarian visit a Damien Hirst exhibition?
Cartoon about the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern, London, 2012.
The caption of this cartoon reads:
“I’m not going in there – I’m a vegetarian.”
The joke in this cartoon is based on the fact that Damien Hirst’s work includes a lot of (real) dead animals, usually placed in glass cases (or vitrines as they are called in arty circles) and often preserved in formaldehyde.
Hirst’s most famous work is a shark in formaldehyde. He has also used sheep and cows, some of them cut in half or into sections.
Hirst was a member of the YBAs or Young British Artists. Perhaps now he’s a member of the MABAs, or Middle Aged British Artists.