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The Most Fascinating Quotes from Damien Hirst's 'Observer' Interview

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“I want to make art, create objects that will have meaning for ever,” Damien Hirst explains in a new interview with The Observer’s Sean O’Hagan, which was published over the weekend in UK. “It’s a big ambition, universal truth, but somebody’s gotta do it.” The reason for their sit-down? Hirst, who back in 1996 declared that “museums are for dead artists,” has a mid-career retrospective going up at the Tate Modern beginning on April 4th. There are plenty of revealing sound bites in the piece — which is definitely worth taking the time to read in full if you find the 46-year-old artist and his antics as fascinating (and, at times, completely infuriating) as we tend to. As a teaser, we’ve pulled out a few quick highlights for you after the jump.
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Tate Modern Buys 8 Million of Ai Weiwei’s Seeds

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The New York Times reports that London’s Tate Modern has purchased eight million of the 100 million hand-painted, porcelain “sunflower seeds” that were on view as part of Ai Weiwei’s massive installation in the museum’s Turbine Hall last fall. To wit, “the mini-version was purchased directly from the artist, officials at the… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. It has been announced that Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa McCarthy will be among the presenters at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, which airs this Sunday night at 8pm on NBC. So, there you go, that’s three celebrities who aren’t afraid to be in the same room with the evening’s host, Ricky Gervais.… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Is it a coincidence that with only two weeks to go until the Oscars, two new pieces by Academy Award-nominated street artist Banksy have shown up in LA? We have no idea, but we think that the one of Charlie Brown lighting up with a can of gasoline is absolutely wonderful, and hope that… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Yoko Ono says that Andy Warhol predicted the rise of someone like Lady Gaga and advised her to dress in a similar over-the-top fashion. [via NYP]
2. Watch the Throne — the KanyeJay-Z collaboration album — is actually happening, and the first single will be dropping January 1, 2011. [via … Read More

Video of the Day: Kirsten Dunst in “Akihabara Majokko Princess”

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This McG-directed Takashi Murakami collaboration (note the rainbow flowers and masked social commentary) has Kirsten Dunst donning a Harajaku schoolgirl outfit, walking the streets of the “anime Mecca” of Japan, Akihabara. It screened as part of the Tate Modern’s “Pop Life: Art In A Material World” exhibit, and features the actress singing “Turning Japanese” by ’80s band, The Vapors, a song that’s arguably about masturbation. Talk about risqué business.
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Richard Wright (No, Not That One) Wins 2009 Turner Prize

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The Turner Prize committee has announced this year’s winner for the top art prize in Great Britain, and it doesn’t involve text-based art, bodily fluids, minimalism, or performance. Instead, artist Richard Wright uses classical fresco techniques learned from Old Masters tradition to create temporary, site-specific installations like the gold-leafed piece currently residing in an empty room in the Tate Britain. The Rorschach-like mural is a far cry from the sensationalist circus of Turners past, and a dark horse winner in this year’s contest.… Read More