Published on the occasion of Hirst’s exhibition, at Gagosian Gallery’ in Davies Street, London in October 2010, Poisons + Remedies publishes the artist’s new series of large-scale oil paintings depicting the skull to represent poison, and pills to represent remedies. The books plastic cover is a reference to blood bags and saline drips. There is a book for the poisons in one side of the sleeve and the remedies on the other side. There are 76 images displayed - all of the poisons + remedies works Hirst has made will be included, plus two studio shots. The texts are by Gary Shteyngart in both volumes. Gary Shteyngart is a critically acclaimed American novelist. The loosely inserted duratran is an x-ray of the artists skull shown face on and in side profile.
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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