Damien Hirst — Forgotten Promises

In stock
£105.00
OC8704
2012
Flatbook with jacket (4 designs)
290 x 225mm (11 x 8 inches)
ISBN 978-1-935263-33-3
RRP £125

With full colour plates of paintings and sculptures, this catalogue was produced for the Damien Hirst: Forgotten Promises inaugural exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong in 2011. The catalogue includes For Heaven’s Sake (2008), a life-size human baby skull cast in platinum and covered in 8,128 pave?-set pink and white diamonds. Beautiful diamond cabinets in gold and silver are also shown. A group of paintings (2008-2009) including Age of Magnificence and Fading Magnificence have real butterflies entombed in layers of shiny metallic paint. The new Butterfly Fact Paintings are painted in oil with painstaking attention to realistic detail. “Why else would you do it, when you could just get a photograph that looks identical?” Hirst has said. “But it’s not the same thing, is it? A photograph is from a moment, a split second. Painting is about stopping to look at the world, considering it, and giving it more and more importance.”

The catalogue binding is especially unique in design allowing the book to open beautifully flat. There are four different book cover designs. An essay by curator Francesco Bonami, as well as an interview with Hirst conducted by art critic Karen Smith are included. Text is published in both Chinese and English.
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