Art by Damien Hirst

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People look at British artist Damien Hirst's 1986 piece Spot Painting, household gloss on board, during a media preview of the first substantial show of his work in the UK at the Tate Modern gallery in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

People look at British artist Damien Hirst's 1986 piece Spot Painting, household gloss on board, during a media preview of the first substantial show of his work in the UK at the Tate Modern gallery in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

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People are silhouetted in the shade as they walk past the back of British artist Damien Hirst's 1999-2005 piece Hymn, a painted bronze, as St Paul's Cathedral can be seen on the other side of the River Thames in the background during a media preview of the first substantial show of his work in the UK at the Tate Modern gallery in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

People are silhouetted in the shade as they walk past the back of British artist Damien Hirst's 1999-2005 piece Hymn, a painted bronze, as St Paul's Cathedral can be seen on the other side of the River Thames in the background during a media preview of the first substantial show of his work in the UK at the Tate Modern gallery in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

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Visitors view Trinity-Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology by British artist Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Reuters/Toby Melville

Visitors view Trinity-Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology by British artist Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Reuters/Toby Melville

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People look at a 1991 work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled A Thousand Years during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

People look at a 1991 work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled A Thousand Years during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

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A visitor views a work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled 'Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless, not art, over simplistic, throw away, kids' stuff, lacking in integrity, rotating, nothing but visual candy, celebrating, sensational inarguably beautiful painting (for over the sofa)' during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

A visitor views a work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled 'Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless, not art, over simplistic, throw away, kids' stuff, lacking in integrity, rotating, nothing but visual candy, celebrating, sensational inarguably beautiful painting (for over the sofa)' during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

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Photographers take pictures of a work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled Crematorium during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

Photographers take pictures of a work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled Crematorium during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

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British artist Damien Hirst poses next to his painting I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds (2006), at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Hirst's retrospective show runs from April 4 to September 9. Reuters/Toby Melville

British artist Damien Hirst poses next to his painting I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds (2006), at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Hirst's retrospective show runs from April 4 to September 9. Reuters/Toby Melville

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A woman walks by a work of British artist Damien Hirst entitled The Incomplete Truth 2006 during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

A woman walks by a work of British artist Damien Hirst entitled The Incomplete Truth 2006 during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

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A woman looks at a creation by British artist Damien Hirst entitled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991 during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

A woman looks at a creation by British artist Damien Hirst entitled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991 during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

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A man photographs a creation by British artist Damien Hirst entitled Mother and Child Divided 2007 during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

A man photographs a creation by British artist Damien Hirst entitled Mother and Child Divided 2007 during the launch of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

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British artist Damien Hirst poses for photographers with a creation entitled Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven 2007 during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

British artist Damien Hirst poses for photographers with a creation entitled Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven 2007 during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Carl Court

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A woman looks at a spot painting by British artist Damien Hirst during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

A woman looks at a spot painting by British artist Damien Hirst during the opening of his solo exhibition showcasing work spanning over two decades at the Tate Modern in central London. AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

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