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It appears these past few months the Museum of Fine Arts Boston has been more concerned with high profile exhibits rather than showing art The Ralph Lauren car collection has undeniable mass appeal and it is clear that this is partially the reason for it being on display The same goes for the Rockwell and the Red Socks exhibit that conveniently opened with the beginning of baseball season for the World Series champs The motivation for the Damien Hirst show A selection of works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections however is less apparent It seems the MFA wanted someone who has a high-status in the art world and who better than the most famous living British artist Damien Hirst Although attached with the name Damien Hirst-- undoubtedly comes controversy The MFA boasts Hirsts celebrity artist profile in the write-up about the show calling him one of the most influential living artists The text which describes his career since the 90s appears in the brochure and also in the entry way of the Foster gallery where most of his work is displayed In addition accompanying all his pieces are short explanations with quotes directly from the artist For the people who are unfamiliar with Hirsts work the wall labels serve to instruct and fill in the viewer However in an attempt to do this the wall labels end up reducing the art to single and easy-to-grasp concepts such as death or beauty Due to the extremely instructional nature of the labels which explicitly explain the piece and artists intention there is little room for the viewer to construct their own opinions What adds to the instructive nature of the text is the sense that it is defending the work and the artist himself Essentially the work is meant to shock or intrigue while the writing seems to clarify and defend For example Away from the Flock which is positioned directly in front of the entrance
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