Damien Hirst works come to Dublin as artist begins burning his collection after collectors opt to keep NFT versions instead

TODAY he has begun burning hundreds of his millions of euros worth of artwork, but some of Damien Hirst’s surviving works will be the centerpiece of Ireland’s premier art fair Art Source next month at the RDS.

As the world’s richest living artist, Hirst began burning hundreds of his artworks after collectors opted to keep their non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain-based assets representing their digital images.

Collectors of The Currency had to decide whether to keep the NFT, which reportedly sold for €2,000, or trade it in for the physical artwork.

According to Newport Street Gallery in London, 5,149 chose the latter while 4,851 chose the NFTs. He started broadcasting the destruction of the artworks live today.

But a major exhibition of Hirst’s other work will be on display at Gormley’s stand at Art Source in Dublin’s RDS from 11-13 November.

Gormleys will also host a unique sculpture garden featuring over 40 world class Irish and international artists with works by renowned sculptors such as Patrick O’Reilly, Salvador Dali, Giacinto Bosco, Ian Pollock, Eamonn Ceannt, Bob Quinn, Anthony Scott and Sandra Bell.

Over 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the largest and most exciting art fair of the year, which will showcase 160 of the best contemporary Irish and international artists and galleries.

“Art Source offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a one-off, affordable original work of art to make their home unique, as well as the opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their work,” said exhibition organizer Patrick O’ Sullivan.

“The event is where the industry comes together to see what’s going on in the Irish art world and this year is our biggest ever with the widest range of art styles in all of Ireland.

“The reason why the fair is growing so strongly is the quality of the exhibitors. The Irish have an interest in arts and culture at heart and once they’ve seen that many people make it a point to return to the fair every year.”

Irish art lovers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the show’s opening morning – Friday 11th June.

Fair visitors also have the opportunity to meet the artists and hear the stories behind their work.

Karl Gaff, a scientific photo artist, will exhibit work showing how even supplements and toxins can be transformed into explosions of crystallized color through chemistry.

Due to the many layers he uses, Anthony Wrigglesworth paintings can take around a year and a half to dry and will include pieces that were completed in 2019.

The show will also feature Source Your Own Art: a free pop-up art workshop for children, inviting youngsters to express themselves creatively in response to the art they see at the fair.

Art Source takes place from 11th to 13th November at the RDS, Dublin, admission is €10 for adults, children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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