Wed 19 December 2007, Financial Times

Damien Hirst: a worthy showman of the year

By Jonathan Guthrie
Nothing better sums up modern London as the decade burns down to its fag end than Damien Hirst’s diamond-studded skull. Like the city, “For the Love of God” is extravagant, international and morally ambiguous. A shrewd businessman as well as an artist, Mr Hirst’s fame and wealth are as much a product of globalisation as astronomic Mayfair property prices and rock-bottom labour rates for immigrant office cleaners.

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