By KIRA AGASS
VERY little of British art’s current battle against austerity can be seenÂ at the Tate modern as a retrospective of Damien Hirst hits theÂ Southbank this month.
The most famous of what became known as the Young British Artists, whoÂ were riding the populist wave at the turn of the century, is noÂ stranger to controversy and this time is no differentÂ – his Â£36,800Â plastic skull (available in the gift shop, no less) was headline news.
A walk round the his impressive catalogue (though conspicuous throughÂ their absence, his much derided drawings) will let you make your mind
up as to whether his pieces including the notorious dissected cow andÂ calf are the work of a genius of contemporary culture or a bad joke
played on all of us.
Decide for yourself.
Damien Hirst Tate Modern: Exhibition,Â 4 April â 9 September 2012,Â Â£14, concessions available