Wednesday, January 16, 2008

“Perceval” in Central Park

2nd\NE Quadrant of The Approval Matrix: Week of January 21, 2008

Mr. [Damien] Hirst not only makes art, but he also collects it. In November a piece from his collection — “Perceval,” a life-size bronze sculpture of a draft horse pulling a cart of giant phallic-shaped squash, by Sarah Lucas — will go on view at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, by Central Park. Mr. Hirst bought “Perceval” last year from Ms. Lucas’s London dealer shortly after it was made. Ms. Lucas is “a great mate,” Mr. Hirst said in an e-mail message via Ms. Lucas’s dealer, adding that he bought “Perceval” because he found it “romantic.”

“Perceval” has been included in several exhibitions, including one of Mr. Hirst’s collection at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Critical comment then ranged from calling the sculpture one of Ms. Lucas’s best works to “something fit for the forecourt of a pub, not an art gallery.”

The sculpture will remain near the southeast entrance to Central Park through May. 1.
-- New York Times\Carol Vogel

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