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Stevie Cohen’s “shark,” which is “big, important and amazingly powerful,” will be on display at the Met by Labor Day weekend, the museum confirmed on Friday. The shark, which floats in a tank of formaldehyde, has been sought after by the Gary Tinterow, the curator in charge of contemporary art, since it was purchased by Cohen for $8 million in 2004. (“Is it real? Isn’t it real?’’ the manager known for his existentialism has said of the piece. “I liked the whole fear factor”).
The trading desk of his Stamford, CT office had been previously discussed as a home for the shark but was deemed “not fear-inducing enough.” A dismembered human, also floating in a tank of formaldehyde, took the allotted space. (It's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell “shark,” same deal. You yell “dismembered analyst” we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July).
Hirst’s Shark Moving to New Home in Met [NYT]

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