Damien Hirst to release tell-all autobiography in 2015
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In an announcement this week, Penguin Books has promised to push the concept of Damien Hirst's life story book in the same radical manner as it did Morrissey's autobiography, and the artist has selected journalist James Fox as his ghostwriter. Fox was also behind Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' autobiography, as well as the book White Mischief, which recounted the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya in 1941.
Hirst's work – recently shown in Doha – includes spot paintings and a sheep and shark preserved in formaldehyde, has frequently had the ability to shock. As one of the founding members of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, and now at 48-years-old, back then Hirst counted Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger as his peers – many of them were students at Goldsmiths College in London in the late 1980s and their first major exhibition, in a warehouse, attracted a number of influential art collectors, including Charles Saatchi – who would then later become one of his Hirst's greatest supporters.
Speaking this week, ghostwriter Fox said: "He (Hirst) grew up in a pretty bad situation, with his mother, and he and his gang – many of whom became YBA artists, spent half their time housebreaking, stealing, [indulging in] criminality, and the rest of their time indulging their passion for art, which started very early on in their years.
"I found that completely fascinating, moving, the idea of a saving connection to art. The fearlessness of Damien, his ability to take on authority, to never say anything can't be done, to break all the rules. That very much comes from that background."