David Hockney vs. Damien Hirst – Where is the beef?

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A day after his New Year honour, Yorkshire’s finest attacked Damien Hirst for failing to make his own work. The Independent picked up the story and also has a look at the tradition of artists using assistants: “A row is threatening to break out between two of Britain’s most celebrated artists after David Hockney criticised Damien Hirst for the “insulting” use of assistants to create his works.

Hockney, whose new exhibition opens later this month, has taken a swing at his fellow artists, saying they should create their own work.

Posters for his show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London read: “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.” He confirmed that it was particularly a dig at Damien Hirst, who famously used assistants on his spot paintings. Hockney, who was awarded the Order of Merit on Sunday, told the Radio Times: “It’s a little insulting to craftsmen, skilful craftsmen.”

Hirst has an exhibition of his spot paintings at the Gagosian Gallery’s 11 sites around the world starting next week. Talking about the works in 2007 he said: “As soon as I sold one, I used the money to pay people to make them. They were better at it than me. I get bored. I get very impatient.” He was unavailable for comment yesterday.”

Read on at The Independent