Damien Hirst

Art Dealer of Fake Hirst Editions Caught - Again!

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Charges were filed yesterday in New York City against a dealer, Vincent Lopreto, for allegedly conspiring to sell fake editions from Damien Hirst's "dot" series of paintings. Lopreto allegedly passed off as genuine some USD $400,000 worth of counterfeit Hirst prints. Lopreto was apprehended after an undercover operation by the NYPD. Lopreto and his associates reportedly created fake certificates of authenticity and purchase receipts to establish fraudulent provenance.

Incredibly, Lopreto apparently began his most recent scheme only 15 days after being released from prison after serving a sentence for...selling fake Damien Hirst works.

Photo courtesy of New York District Attorney

Will Damien Hirst's New Underwater-Themed Show Sink or Swim?

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Damien Hirst's first major exhibition in over a decade, "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable," opens on Sunday in Venice. The show is housed in two palazzos owned by Christie's owner Francois Pinault. Hirst has undergirded the show's theme with an elaborate backstory involving an underwater recovery of treasures from a sunken ship that mixes classical Egyptian themes with anachronistic contemporary visual references including Kate Moss, Pharrell and Mickey Mouse. Anticipation regarding the show is augmented by intense speculation over how the market will respond to the new works. Oliver Barker of Sotheby's, who oversaw Hirst's 2008 auction house blow-out "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" sale in 2008, likens the exhibition to Elvis Presley's historic "comeback" performances in Las Vegas.

Photograph by Christoph Gerigk

Damien Hirst Teases New Art

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Following his unprecedented two day solo artist sale at Sotheby's in 2008, "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," Damien Hirst has had a prolonged, creatively-fallow period. However, excitement has been building for a major exhibition of new work, "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable." Opening in April in two large spaces in Venice, the show will reportedly feature 250 new works of art ranging in price from USD $400,000 to $4 million. The Guardian UK has published some of the first pictures of the new works.