David Hockney, Damien Hirst Feud Over Use Of Assistants
I’m on Damian Hirst’s side of this argument.
Many painters of the Renaissance and the Dutch Masters all utilized assistants, so there are no grounds for an argument that work has to be done by the individual artist due to tradition.
I feel that every artist who works on a piece should be credited. For example: Takashi Murakami has everyone who works on one of his PVC sculptures sign the final piece.
Also, when it comes to sculpture, installation, and other types of work that Hirst does, the work is often beyond the means or skill of the individual artist. I feel that an artist should be allowed to use another artist as a tool, so long as the work itself remains true to the lead artist.
by using assistants, a prominent artist with fame and funds such as Hirst or Murakami, has the opportunity to employ other artists, offering them a job, exposure, and valuable experience.