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Monday, October 02, 2006

A Whale of an Art Fraud

Damien Hirst and his ridiculous pickled shark have finally been outdone. Mexican postmodernist, Gabriel Orozco, has suspended an entire whale skeleton from the ceiling of the White Cube Gallery in London. Part of his first show at White Cube, the 45 foot roqual whale is what the artist calls "a drawing", since he’s penciled lines over the whole skeleton with black graphite. The installation is preposterous enough, but perhaps what is worse is art critic Adrian Searle’s extravagant fawning over the "lovely bones" in a review for the Guardian. Fans of Orozco’s "drawing", titled Dark Wave, might be disappointed to find that equally powerful and original art installations on the same theme have already been created by others. But so long as those artists continue to be nameless, Orozco’s work shall remain the unchallenged... whale of an art fraud.