Robert Hughes lays into Damien Hirst in the Guardian Review amonst other sources, labelling his work "silly", "pointless" and "simple-minded."
But Hirst is of a particular time and a particular place, he's the Tony Blair of the art world - all smoke and mirrors, style and no substance.
Hirst has hit back, labelling Hughes Luddite and pompous, saying he "...probably cried when Queen Victoria died."
I think they're probably both right.
There is one extra thing Hughes missed out on in his savaging. . Hirst paid the artists who made his spot paintings £7.50 an hour - the tightwad!