Overview

Reviews the work of Damien Hirst (b. Bristol 1965) presented in a retrospective exhibition spanning twenty years at Tate Modern, April to September 2012. It explores the development of his art from the controversial animal vitrines and beautiful butterfly composites to an extensive series of spot paintings, where the artist engaged in a complex invigilation of coded systems that govern daily existence. It encounters a rarely exhibited work One Thousand Years 1991, Pharmacy and For The Love of God, the celebrated ...
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Damien Hirst: A Retrospective

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Overview

Reviews the work of Damien Hirst (b. Bristol 1965) presented in a retrospective exhibition spanning twenty years at Tate Modern, April to September 2012. It explores the development of his art from the controversial animal vitrines and beautiful butterfly composites to an extensive series of spot paintings, where the artist engaged in a complex invigilation of coded systems that govern daily existence. It encounters a rarely exhibited work One Thousand Years 1991, Pharmacy and For The Love of God, the celebrated diamond studded skull.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908419552
  • Publisher: Cv Publications
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Series: Cv/Visual Arts Research , #146
  • Sold by: Bookwire
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 1st
  • Pages: 52
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Cahill combines writing, research and painting with a role at one of London's leading contemporary art galleries. He studied at the Courtauld Institute, where his research focused on British twentieth-century artists' explorations of crucifixion and obscenity. Marina Vaizey is an art critic, lecturer and traveller; her books include The Artist as Photographer, 100 Masterpieces of Art; Great Women Collectors. She was the art critic for the Financial Times for four years, and The Sunday Times for eighteen. She has curated several exhibitions and written many catalogues. She has been a Trustee for several national museums. Nicholas James studied painting with Frank Auerbach at the Slade School of Art. He is the publisher and series editor of Cv Publications.
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Wealth and repetition become the explicit themes of Hirst's works rather than secondary attributes or by-products. The infamous auction of 244 works at Sotheby's in 2008 - of which only a handful are on show - occurred on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed, making it seem all the more like a 'last days of Rome' spectacle of gross abundance (guests at the private view were treated to foie gras wrapped in gold leaf). These gold-plated and gold-leafed creations seemed designed to chime with - and simultaneously critique - the Babylonian opulence and avarice of the art market. The works share none of the cool conceptual nuance of earlier pieces, but are alluring precisely because of their kitschness, narcissistic repetition and homogeneity - poised tantalisingly between a comment upon and a lurid instance of external excess. As with A Thousand Years, allegory and actuality go hand in hand. James Cahill
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Table of Contents

Press View Tate Modern 2nd April 2012 5 Nicholas James Hirst Impressions Tate Modern 4th April 2012 Marina Vaizey and Nicholas James 12 Selected Works James Cahill 24 'Beyond Belief' White Cube 2007 38 Bio-data 48
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