Damien Hirst — The Agony and the Ecstasy – Signed

In stock
£200.00
OC6400
2004
280 x 240 mm (11 x 9 inches)
268pp
Softback
Texts by Eduardo Cicelyn, Mario Codognato and an interview with Damien Hirst by Mirta D'Argenzio
Published by Electra Napoli
ISBN 978-1-904212-52-2
Published in 2004 to accompany a major retrospective in Naples in 2004, The Agony and the Ecstasy is a thorough and intriguing catalogue of Damien Hirst’s work to date. As the figurehead of a new wave of British artists that emerged in the 1990’s, Hirst has pioneered a fresh and challenging attitude and approach to the production and exhibition of contemporary art - ‘a legitimate heir to Marcel Duchamp’ and ‘a bit pop, a bit minimalist, and a bit conceptual’. Through 16 chapters, this catalogue intelligently plots Hirst’s development with social and cultural contextual analysis, highlighting significant factors that informed and influenced the growth of his ideas and work from the early collage/constructions made during the early 1980s; the innovative curatorial project Freeze in 1988; through to landmark works such as ‘A Thousand Years (1990)’, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991)’ and his installation ‘Romance in the Age of Uncertainty (2003)’.

Accompanying the 91 full colour plates are comprehensive and engaging essays by the three curators of the retrospective, and an interview with Hirst which runs throughout the publication, giving an insightful understanding of the motivation behind Hirst’s most successful projects. The Agony and the Ecstasy also explores projects and installations that have pushed against or broken what many have perceived as the perimeter of Hirst practice, such as the Pharmacy restaurant, illustrating the multi-layered and diverse thinking of the most successful British artist of recent times.
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