Damien Hirst shark cartoon – bigger fish eating smaller fish as metaphor

Damien Hirst shark cartoon - bigger fish eating smaller fish as metaphor

Cartoon about contemporary art, featuring a work based on Damien Hirst’s shark in formaldehyde.

This cartoon is based on Hirst’s shark in formaldehyde.
It shows a vitrine containing three fish in a row, with each of the larger fish about to devour the smaller fish.

The cartoon’s caption reads:
“Yes, maybe it is a metaphor – for the way that art feeds on itself within a self-referential and closed cultural ecosystem.”
The cartoon is a comment on the narrowness and self justification of the contemporary art world.
Damien Hirst’s shark in formaldehyde was exhibited at the Sensations exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, London and in a retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012.
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.
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