Other Criteria have invited a selection of their artists to name a single book that has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create.
Damien Hirst said "Albert Goldman wrote a brilliant biography of Elvis where he looked at all the evidence and decided that Elvis' death was accidental even though there were arguments at the time saying it was suicide. After the book came out he changed his mind when he felt new evidence came to light. He then decided Elvis' death was suicide so he went on to write Elvis: The Last 24 Hours. I don't know why this book is out of print but after I read it I was shocked. It's one man's opinion but it's such a great little book with a great history, which is why I chose it for Other Criteria."
Ten years after his sensational biography covering the life of Elvis Presley, Albert Goldman re-opens the case on the last days of The King’s life convinced the verdict is suicide. In Elvis: The Last 24 Hours, the best-selling author provides a detailed and shocking account of the final hours of Presley’s life.
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Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Through a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’.
Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London.
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