SPOTS, SHARKS, MAGGOTS AND MONEY
by Jerry Saltz
is the Elvis of the English art world, its ayatollah, deliverer and big-thinking entrepreneurial potty-mouthed prophet and front man. Hirst synthesizes
punk, Pop Art, Jeff Koons
, Marcel Duchamp
, Francis Bacon
and Catholicism. He’s the Âworking-class hero who as a 23-year-old art student at the University of London’s Goldsmiths college organized “Freeze,” an exhibition of his artwork and that of 15 school chums.