Marking the entire collection of works exhibited and auctioned at Sotheby’s, London in September 2008, this remarkable tripartite catalogue publishes all 287 lots in full colour, with accompanying text by Michael Bracewell and an interview between Hirst and Gordon Burn.
Separate from the three catalogues are two slimmer publications devoted to The Kingdom, with an essay by Michael Macaulay, and The Golden Calf, introduced by Gordon Burn. Each provides an unique insight into the conception and production of the works, placing them within a broader biblical and art historical context.
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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