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Luke White's research featured in Tate online publication
January 2013

Damien Hirst’s Shark: Nature, Capitalism and the Sublime

An essay by Luke White featured in Tate's The Art of the Sublime research publication

Focusing on Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) which contains a preserved shark, Luke White's paper explores the longer cultural resonance of sharks as exemplars of the natural sublime. The paper argues that the shark, in Hirst’s work and elsewhere, is a figure which intertwines an aesthetic of terrible nature with the capitalist sublime.

Read the full essay here.

Visit Tate's The Art of the Sublime website.