- Entomology Cabinets and Entomology Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings, Pie Charts and Colour Charts
Damien Hirst — Entomology Cabinets and Entomology Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings, Pie Charts and Colour Charts
Published on the occasion of Damien Hirst’s exhibition at White Cube in Hong Kong in the spring of 2013. Amongst many new works illustrated in the publication are pieces from some of Hirst’s latest series: the ‘Entomology’ paintings and the ‘Blade’ paintings.
Hirst began work on the ‘Entomology’ paintings in 2009. Each piece is made by placing hundreds of varieties of insect and beetle species into household gloss paint, in intricate geometric patterns. The series is reminiscent of Hirst’s iconic series of butterfly wing ‘Kaleidoscope’ pieces, dating from 2001, which were originally inspired by Victorian tea trays. As with the butterfly – one of Hirst’s most enduring ‘universal triggers’ – the insects’ appeal derives largely from the appearance of life they retain in death. However, whilst the iridescent beauty of the wings in the ‘Kaleidoscope’ series evoke stained glass windows, and are often assigned spiritual titles, the ‘Entomology’ paintings are named after phases and characters in Dante Alighieri’s tortuous vision of the afterlife: The Divine Comedy. The works also allude to Hirst’s long term interest in the nineteenth century fascination with natural history and the irony involved in having to kill something in order to look at it.
The ‘Blade’ paintings are amongst the newest series of works in Hirst’s practice. Thousands of variously shaped scalpel blades are positioned on a canvas in spectacular, mandala-like patterns. In some of the works, intermittent areas of coloured gloss paint have been layered in between the blades. The ‘Blade’ paintings reference two of Hirst’s seminal earlier series. Whilst their geometric patterns recall the earlier series of butterfly ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, in their use of surgical instruments, Hirst also returns to one of his most recognisable themes: medicine, and it’s inevitable futility in the face of our mortality. The surgical materials, first used by Hirst in his early 90s instrument cabinets, are described by the artist as “phenomenal objects because they have to have this confidence and this belief. They are the best quality. They are brilliantly designed, for all the right reasons.” With the ‘Blade’ paintings, the instruments eventual inability to arrest decay is highlighted by their relegation to decorative status.
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Golds...
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Through a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’.
Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London.
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- August 22, 2015 Dismaland
July 9, 2015
Sculpture in the City 2015
In its 5th year running ‘Sculpture in the City’ is well underway and ready to open this summer.
More information on our blog.
- July 8, 2015 ETERNAL, Damien Hirst x Lalique
June 20, 2015
‘ARTIST ROOMS Damien Hirst’ at The Pier Arts Centre, Scotland, UK
20 June to 12 September 2015
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- June 7, 2015 Anatomy of an Angel at Ekebergparken, Oslo
April 1, 2015
History is now: 7 Artists Take On Britain
‘History is now: 7 Artists Take On Britain’, housed at The Hayward Gallery, is an exhibition offering a radical new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today. Until April 26th.
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- March 28, 2015 'New Religion' at The Lightbox
March 12, 2015
Rack’em Up: a unique exhibition about the Young British Artists
Until 27th March 2015.
Shapero Modern, London
Read more on our blog.
- February 12, 2015 Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
- February 12, 2014 An American in Paris
April 11, 2013
TALK: Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection — Elena Geuna & Mario Codognato in conversation
“Collecting is like stuff washed up on a beach somewhere and that somewhere is you. Then when you die, it all gets washed away again,” Damien Hirst.
Elena Geuna & Mario Codognato in conversation on Freedom Not Genius, works from Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection
Tuesday 16th April, 7pm
February 25, 2013
Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings and Colour Charts
21st February - 4th May 2013
A major solo exhibition of new works from Hirst's latest series of 'Entomology' pieces, 'Scalpel Blade Paintings' and 'Colour Charts' is shown at White Cube.
See the catalogue for the show here.
January 14, 2013
Instructions — Tilt To and Fro
11 January 2013 – 9 February 2013
A group exhibition of lenticular prints dating from 1967 to the present, including Damien Hirst’s ‘For the Love of God’, is shown at Paul Stolper, London.
To view Damien Hirst's lenticular prints, click here.
For more information on the exhibition visit Paul Stolper's website.
November 5, 2012
Two Weeks One Summer
3 November 2012 - 6 January 2013
Damien Hirst's Two Weeks One Summer work is exhibited at Pinchuk Art Centre. For more information, click here.
October 26, 2012
New Religion, Bulgaria
18 October 2012 – 2 December 2012
Damien Hirst's New Religion exhibition is presented by The National Art Gallery of Bulgaria. In association with the British Council, the Modern Art Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery London.
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July 24, 2012
WIN: Unique Damien Hirst Signed Guitar
Win a unique Damien Hirst signed guitar with all proceeds going to Strummerville. For full information and to buy raffle tickets, click here.
July 6, 2012
FILM: Free screenings of the Damien Hirst documentary ‘Thoughts, Work, Life’
Watch free screenings of the Damien Hirst documentary ‘Thoughts, Work, Life’ in our Photography Room at:
14 Hinde Street
London W1U 3BG
The film will be shown throughout the day from 10am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday.
May 25, 2012
Dine beside new Damien Hirst work at Mark Hix’s Tramshed
To celebrate the opening of Tramshed, Damien Hirst has created a new sculpture specifically for the restaurant. ‘Cock and Bull’ (2012). A Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde – is installed 4 metres above diners. The work forms part of the ‘Natural History’ series, Hirst’s seminal collection of preserved animals.
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May 24, 2012
Damien Hirst — Two Weeks One Summer
Damien Hirst – Two Weeks One Summer
Until 8 July 2012
For his first exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, Damien Hirst will present a series of dynamic new paintings that he started working on in the summer of 2010. This exhibition coincides with the first UK retrospective of Hirst’s work at Tate Modern.
Painting has always been an important part of Hirst’s oeuvre, but unlike the spot paintings and photorealist series which were made using a collaborative studio process, this body of work is altogether more personal: painted from life, by Hirst in his Devon studio.
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January 12, 2012
Gagosian Gallery launches worldwide exhibition of 25 years of spot paintings by Damien Hirst
The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 – Damien Hirst
The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong, opening worldwide on January 12, 2012. Most of the paintings are being lent by private individuals and public institutions, more than 150 different lenders from twenty countries. Conceived as a single exhibition in multiple locations, “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” makes use of this demographic fact to determine the content of each exhibition according to locality.
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- July 21, 2011 Damien Hirst: The Dead and The Souls
June 21, 2011
SAVE THE DATE: Damien Hirst Supreme Skateboard Launch
Please join Other Criteria celebrate the launch of Damien Hirst Skateboard launch:
Tuesday 12th July
14 Hinde Street
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- March 25, 2011 Modern British Sculpture at the RA
January 24, 2011
VISIT: Palazzo Vecchio to see Hirst’s diamond skull
Palazzo Vecchio are currently displaying Damien Hirst‘s diamond skull artwork For The Love of God and have a contemporary art book store located on the ground floor with a variety of Other Criteria merchandise. The bookstore by Arthemisia Group has books, clothing and a selection of art objects instore.
For The Love of God will be exhibited there until 1st May 2011 so try your best to visit the museum. The artwork is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, so quite unmissable. However if you are unable to visit, you can console yourself by browsing our For The Love of God collection on our website.
October 27, 2010
Damien Hirst: Medicine Cabinets
I can’t understand why most people believe in medicine and don’t believe in art, without questioning either.
Damien Hirst, 1997
Damien Hirst: Medicine Cabinets
October 28 – December 11, 2010
L&M Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of early medicine cabinets by Damien Hirst. Assembled together for the first time are the seminal Sex Pistols cabinets from 1989. Each cabinet takes its name from one of the twelve title tracks of the legendary 1977 debut punk album “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.”
For more information, see our blog.
July 9, 2010
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action
White Cube Hoxton Square is pleased to present Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action. Looking at the pivotal role of drawing in current practice, the exhibition features over 200 works on paper by some of the most significant artists working today.
The exhibition features work by 55 artists, including Gabriel Orozco, Gary Hume, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Rachel Howard. A fully illustrated catalogue, with a text by the exhibition’s curator Susan May, Creative Director, White Cube, will accompany the exhibition.
For more info and images, visit our blog.
June 23, 2010
The Term ‘Reality’: Collages 1970–2010
The Term “Reality”: Collages 1970 – 2010 at Paul Stolper Gallery
June 25th – August 3rd
Private View: June 24th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Helen Beard, Peter Blake, Joseph Cornell, John Dove and Molly White, Zavier Ellis, Magne F, Paul Fryer, Damien Hirst, Linder, Colin Lowe, Alex Gene Morrison, Simon Periton, Claire Pestaille, Genesis P-Orridge, Richard Prince, Jamie Reid, Peter Saville, Harry Thubron.
See images of the collages on our blog entry on the show
February 3, 2010
End of an Era
January 30th - March 6th 2010
Experience new works by Damien Hirst at Gagosian's recently opened exhibition in New York. End of an Era sees one of Hirst's iconic formaldehyde pieces centred among his photorealist paintings and diamond cabinets.
January 14, 2010
Ten works from Damien Hirst's new painting show 'Dark Trees', due to be fully exhibited in Mexico in April, can be previewed at Galeria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig, Germany from 16th January - 6th February 2010.
For more information visit the Galeria Hilario Galguera wesbite.
January 8, 2010
Hirst at Barock
Damien Hirst is exhibiting in the group show BAROCK – Art, Science, Faith and Technology in the Contemporary Age until 5th April 2010 at Museum MADRE. 28 artists are taking part in the group show including Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.
For more information, and for images of the exhibition, click here.
November 17, 2009
Other Criteria have released a publication to mark the occasion, with an interview by the late Gordon Burn and an essay by Rudi Fuchs.
October 5, 2009
The Wallace Collection
Damien Hirst will be exhibiting No Love Lost, Blue Paintings at the Wallace Collection from Wednesday 14th October - Sunday 24th January 2010.
For more information, and for previews of the works, visit our blog.