Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hirst's GQ Cover Faces New Claim of Plagiarism

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hirst's GQ Cover Faces New Claim of Plagiarism

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DAMIEN Hirst has been accused of plagiarism yet again. His new photoshoot for the cover of GQ depicts pop star Rihanna as Medusa with a crown of snakes, a python wrapped around her neck and snake-like contact lenses. But artist Jim Starr claims the images bear an uncanny resemblance to his own work -- produced three years ago.

Starr says his work first appeared in a Dreweatts auction catalogue alongside some of Hirst's work. "I am aware that artists are all sort of drawing from the same well but I think I know when my work has inspired someone else's," says Starr. "There is so much sharing of ideas in the contemporary-art market these days that it is always hard to prove."

Starr's original Medusa artwork is a print of a woman in a bikini with wild, Medusa-like hair. Hirst has been dogged by accusations of plagiarism all his career. His diamond skull was allegedly inspired by someone else's idea and his bronze sculpture, Hymn, resembled a child's toy.

"Every time I hear about a new Hirst artwork, I find myself wondering who did it before him," says Charles Thomson, co-founder of the Stuckists, who has kept a beady eye on Hirst's ouevre. …

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