The autobiography of controversial British artist and Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst is being written with help from the ghostwriter behind Keith Richards’ Life.
Due in autumn 2015, Hirst’s autobiography is to reach back into the artist’s early life in the industrial city of Leeds and his time as a student in London at prominent art institution Goldsmiths.
Co-writer James Fox, who worked with Rolling Stones member Richards for the singer’s best-selling 2010 memoir, recently told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he found Hirst’s history “completely fascinating”.
“He grew up in a pretty bad situation, with his mother, and he and his gang – many of whom became (Young British Artists) – spent half their time housebreaking, stealing, criminality, and the rest of their time indulging their passion for art, which started very early on in their years,” Fox had said.
That time at Goldsmiths also led to the Freeze exhibition, masterminded by Hirst, and attended by Charles Saatchi, who would go on to become an important advocate for the young man’s work.
Penguin previously published Morrissey’s bestselling 2013 memoir, Autobiography, under its Penguin Classics imprint, though literary subsidiary Viking is
handling publication duties for Hirst’s personal history. – AFP Relaxnews