The Easel

How Damien Hirst staged his comeback with sunken treasures in Venice

For some time Damien Hirst’s reputation has been slipping as have prices for his work. No surprise then that his huge new show is described as a “comeback”. Is the art any good? Some critics call the work a “wreck”, others are more positive. Misgivings abound. Says one:  “It takes genius to push kitsch to the point where it becomes sublime”. More images are here and a short video (3 min) here.