Published in 2006 following Damien Hirst’s first major print exhibition at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London in 2005, New Religion explores Hirst’s central themes: ‘‘I was thinking that there are four important things in life: religion, love, art and science…Of them all, science seems to be the right one now. Like religion, it provides the glimmer of hope that maybe it will be all right in the end.’’
With full colour reproductions of this entire series of Hirst silkscreen prints produced for the New Religion exhibition, such as The Apostles, The Wound of Christ, The Last Supper and The Stations of the Cross, as well as editioned sculptures and multiples such as The Fate of Man and the ‘box/cabinet’ called New Religion, this hardback publication is a modern day biblical picture-book exploring combinations between science and religion. And the ideas about Hirst’s science/religion dichotomy are further explored through an intriguing interview with Sean O’Hagan that moves effortlessly from the macro to the micro, and back again, ‘‘I just can’t help thinking that science is the new religion for many people. It’s as simple and as complicated as that really.’’
This interview is published in Italian in the Italian version of the book – all other text appears in English.
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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