Danny Moynihan – Boogie-Woogie, 2000

‘Jay, It’s Art Spindle.’

‘My dear man, are you in town?’

‘No, I’m in New York,’

‘So how ‘s it going over there?’

‘Musn’t grumble. Preparing for Cologne.’

‘Listen, Art, I’m so glad that you called, I have a marvelous new piece by Hirst which I thought would fir perfectly into your collection. Not for resale, old boy.’

‘I’ve got a couple of pieces of his already, Jay.’

‘Indeed you have, and two exceptional pieces they are, but this is one of the most important things he’s done and I think if you had some loose change, it would be worth it.’

‘What is it?’

‘It’s a geometrically perfect ruler called Mortality, It’s an edition of three. I’ve sold one to Latchkey and the other is on reserve to the Tate.’

‘How much?’

‘Forty thousand pounds which today is, wait a minute, its about sixty-six thousand dollars.’

‘Expensive, Jay.’

‘Well you know, I think he’s doing very exciting work. I think this piece is seminal in that it shows, in a wonderful simple way how we measure our lives by certain events and yet fail to recognize the finite.’

‘Umm, interesting, yeah, umm, yeah.’

‘I think it’s an important piece.’

‘Will you take fifty-five?’

‘Well, Art, the problem is that it is very expensive to make. Hirst uses the head of Time and Measure in Paris to get precisely the right size and then it’s constructed in Germany by precision engineers.’

‘Jesus, Okay, what about fifty-eight?’

‘I think sixty would be an excellent price.’

‘Jay you drive a hard bargain. I’ll take it for fifty-nine.’

‘I think for you that would be satisfactory. As usual you’ve made a wise decision.’

Danny Moynihan. b. 1959.      Boogie-Woogie, 2000

Image: Damien Hirst, For the Love of God, 2007



Author: jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space

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