Hirst Oils Earning Millions Despite Critics Thrashing

Hirst Oils Earning Millions Despite Critics Thrashing
Damien Hirst's new oil paintings may have been critically panned at the Wallace Collection earlier this fall, but if a new exhibition opening today at White Cube is any indication, the bad press hasn't hurt him at all.

According to Tim Marlow, exhibitions director at White Cube, five of the seven largest works in "Nothing Matters" sold even before the show opened, with the most expensive of the lot going for £9.5 million ($15.7 million). Prices begin at £235,000.

On display are a series of large-scale triptychs on which Hirstpaints totemic objects (skeletons, ashtrays, medicine capsules, sharks’ maws) one by one and then links them together witha prismatic networks of lines to create a composition.

The White Cube show runs through Jan. 20, 2010.