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Stuckism International Gallery (London) here
300 dpi downloadable press photos of the Stuckist shark here.
DEAD SHARK ISN'T ART
The Stuckism gallery
made a donation to Eddie Saunders' nominated charity, the Parry Group
in Redbridge, which works with the learning-disabled. J.D. Electrical
Supplies is now closed. Eddie Saunders runs a new business Ecube,
distributing an innovative energy-saving device for industrial refrigeration.
TV London lunchtime news showed the shark being carried from JD Electrical supplies over Great Eastern Street to the Stuckism International Gallery.
The Times 10.4.03. Article on the Stuckist shark. Charles Thomson, director of Stuckism International, was quoted: “If Hirst’s shark is recognised as great art, then how come Eddie’s, which was on exhibition for two years beforehand, isn’t? “Do we perhaps have here an undiscovered artist of genius, who got there first, or is it that a dead shark isn’t art at all? Not only did Eddie catch it himself — unlike Hirst — but it is also in considerably better condition. We can’t see why Hirst’s shark was made so much fuss of when Eddie’s has been in a public London venue all this time. A lot of people admired it in his shop, but I doubt that anyone considered it a work of artistic genius.”
Evening Standard 11.4.03. ES magazine "The real jaws comes to town".
East London Advertiser 24.4.03. "Shark and awe", article and pictures of both sharks.
Jewish Chronicle 25.4.03. "Shark end of debate", page 4. Article and photo of Eddie Saunders and son, Jolan, carrying the shark.
Daily Telegraph 17.8.03. "Damien Hirst has good ideas.
So good that other people keep claiming to have had them first. After
Britain's foremost contemporary artist hit the big time with a 14-foot
stuffed shark in a tank of formaldehyde it turned out that something
astonishingly similar had already been exhibited in a shop window by
an electrician called Eddie Saunders from Shoreditch, in the East End
of London. ... Robert Hughes, the celebrated art critic, wrote of Hirst's
shark - bought by Charles Saatchi for a reported £50,000 - "It might
have been fractionally more interesting if he had caught the f******
thing himself instead of hiring a bloke from Queensland to do the job
for him." Devotees of the Eddie Saunders school of fish art point out
that their man got in his boat and did just that."
The New York Sun 10.7.08. Tyler Cowen reviews the book The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson, who compares Eddie Saunders' shark with Damien Hirst's.
Icons 2008. Feature on Stuckists shark and criticism of Hirst's.
The Independent 19.2.09. "Funnily enough, if anyone else tries to sell a shark in chemicals – as the Stuckist movement did last year – it’s not nearly as popular."
$12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
by Don Thompson, Aurum Press Ltd 2008. ISBN-10: 1845133021, ISBN-13:
978-1845133023. Excerpt from page 70-71:
Head in the Clouds 26.4.04 Sharks compared
Decrepit Old Fool 13.2.05 "Hirst wasn’t the first one to think of displaying a shark"
Feral Strumpet Teatime 20.6.07 "Stuckism’s photos of both works side by side make quite a convincing argument."
Vupoint618 1.8.07 Saunders' shark mentioned.
Biophemera 18.7.08 Jessica Palmer comments on the New York Sun story.
Quiddity 21.7.08 "My stuffed shark is cooler than your stuffed shark"
Coxsoft 24.7.08 "the forerunner ... er ... foreswimmer of Moneybags Hirst's rotting carcass"
#Occupywallstreet 9.10.12 "Of course, not everyone considers Damien Hirst an artist. In 2003, The Stuckism International Gallery exhibited an older preserved shark from an electrical shop window."
The Spitalfields Festival Fringe June 2003. Under "Stuckism International".
SAATCHI SELLS THE SHARK
A few months later in 2004, it was announced that Charles Saatchi
was selling Damien Hirst's shark.
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EDDIE SAUNDERS' SHOP
JD Electrical, 53 Curtain Road, London EC2 (now closed).