05 Dec 2016
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Damien Hirst: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Hirst’s famous shark in formaldehyde didn’t win the prize, but its nomination paved the way for 1995’s win with Mother and Child, Divided, which showed a cow and calf similarly preserved. Before Hirst and the other Young British Artists arrived on the Turner Prize scene, the award’s most controversial incidents included its brief cancellation in 1990 due to lack of sponsorship or Gilbert and George winning in 1986 for a photomontage rather than a painting or sculpture.
Gallery by Jonathan McAloon
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