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Damien Hirst: No Love Lost - Blue Paintings, Wallace Collection

Damien Hirst: No Love Lost - Blue Paintings, Wallace Collection

The most famous British living artist's paintings simply aren't very good

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Damien Hirst's new exhibition at the Wallace Collection is evidence of a deal between nervous guardians of the past and a contemporary artist seeking to burnish his future historical credentials. It stinks. Entitled No Love Lost, Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst ­ - the clunking allusion to Picasso's Blue Period marks out the scale of Hirst's ambition -­ it presents 25 paintings that we are assured are actually by Hirst rather than a cohort of assistants.

Hirst is reaching into the past in order to secure his future place in history. It stinks

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