Louise Jury’s Evening Standard column is devoted to the announcement of the Tate’s plans for the Olympic year of 2012. And the star attraction is . . . surprise! . . . a Damien Hirst retrospective:
Announcing a blockbuster line-up across all its venues next year, Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota said: “We wanted to show a prominent contemporary British artist in 2012 when the world’s eyes would be on the UK.
[…] Hirst’s shark, titled The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living, will return to Britain for display for the first time since 2003. It was sold byCharles Saatchi to a US collector for a sum said to be more than £6 million.
Other seminal works among the more than 70 going on show include A Thousand Years, from 1990, featuring a cow’s head and flies, which Hirst regarded as so important he bought back from Saatchi. There is a chance to see Mother And Child Divided, the bisected cow and calf he donated to Tate four years ago. There will be installations such as Pharmacy from 1992, and In And Out Of Love from 1991, in which he revealed his butterfly obsession.
Tate Britain, meanwhile, will explore Pablo Picasso’s links with the UK and his influence on British artists such as David Hockney, who is said to have visited Picasso’s 1960 Tate show eight times. Tate Modern will profile Norwegian Edvard Munch – though not with his most famous work, The Scream.
Tino Sehgal, 34, takes on the Turbine Hall commission during the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Tate St Ives marks the 85th birthday of US artist Alex Katz, while J M W Turner, Claude Monet and Cy Twombly are profiled in Liverpool.
Damien Hirst Comes First in Epic Olympic Year for Tate (This is London/Evening Standard)