And as Richard Lacayo in Time points out, things are not looking good. At least, so far.
Lacayo notes examples of how critics are lambasting Hirst for his new works, dismissing them as derivative, to say the least. Given that Francis Bacon is one of his inspirations, the “derivative” comment is right on the money. What remains to be seen is whether or not Hirst has the ability to grow any further. If so, these recent works may just be a weigh station on the road to newer and better work. If not, then he is done and he will be remembered as much if not more for his ability to rake in the dough than for his ability to produce inspiring and influencial works of art.
For more on this, see: Damien Hirst: Dead on Arrival – Looking Around – TIME.com
Soon Au Revoir Simone will be bigger and they will have fancy official videos on YouTube. In the meantime, there is this lovely fan video:
Which gives you a nice way for you to get to know Au Revoir Simone and “Through the Backyards”
What is Letters of Note? Simply
… an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.
And fascinating they are! The blog nicely gives the context, reproduces the correspondence, and then transcribes it. That’s all good. However, it is the selection of correspondence that makes it great. If you have any time at all, go see it. It’s noteworthy indeed.
(thanks to kottke.org for this)