Damien Hirst – He’s back
At his best Damien Hirst speaks to our incomprehension in the face of life’s great mysteries. All that meat and medicine, suspended in tanks or lined up on shelves, is really just a formalisation of futility. To the subjects of life and death all the artist can bring is a sense of order and containment that only a madman would mistake for control. The abiding impression is that Hirst’s first major UK survey tells us what we already know but doesn’t quite get the measure of its subject. And that’s a disappointment however you slice it.