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  • “Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away . . .”

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

    “Some went mad, some ran away. The great majority remained faithful unto physical death.” So writes Angus Fairhurst in an essay on medieval mysticism from which Damien Hirst culled the title of this energetic show, identifying himself and the 14 artists collected here (including Fairhurst) as that minority who pursue alternatives to the herd, who follow other—sometimes erratic—paths to artmaking. As there are clearly many different ways to go mad or to try to escape, Hirst’s exhibition presented works in a range of styles and materials all keyed to a frenzied pitch.

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