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Launch - 'The Dead' 30 new works by Damien Hirst

September 29, 2009 by Kay

Please join us on Thursday 8th October to celebrate the launch of 30 new foil block prints by Damien Hirst titled The Dead at our New Bond Street store.

The prints, published by Paul Stolper and Other Criteria, will be exhibited on the night and you will be able to place orders - get in quick as each is only an edition of 15. After the launch, the works will be on display instore at Other Criteria until 24th October 2009.

Contact us or visit The Dead product page for more information.

To see the entire range of Damien Hirst products available through Other Criteria, please click here.

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Photos: London Art Book Fair 2009

September 29, 2009 by Ellie

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to host the inaugural London Art Book Fair, man the stalls and promote our good work. Polly Borland's talk was a great success - thank you to those of you who came. A few photos have rolled in from over the weekend. Do send us some if you have any:

Lucinda and Mark Sanders with Trolley's Hannah WatsonLucinda and Mark Sanders with Trolley's Hannah Watson

Amelia Humber at the Other Criteria stallOther Criteria's Amelia Humber

Robyn Katkhuda, Polly Borland and Hugh AllanRobyn Katkhuda, Polly Borland and Hugh Allan

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Zoo 2009

September 28, 2009 by Ellie

From 16 - 19 October, we'll be making ourselves comfortable at stand A2 at Zoo 2009, held this year in London's East End. If you've got entry to the fair, we look forward to seing you there.

Impressions of Kiev

September 24, 2009 by Ellie

Thanks to Shaun Davin for sending us his thoughts on Damien's recent exhibition, Requiem, at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev:

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Before I got there I tried to do some research but I was limited to what little information I could find on the net as there were no books in any bookshops in Dublin. Nevertheless, I was hell bent on getting over there to see Damien’s show so I ploughed ahead and booked flights and accommodation, going in blind. No expectations good or bad!

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One could say it was a case of the 'agony and the ecstasy' if you’ll excuse my analogy. I found an enormous sense of pride among the new generation of Kievians. Young men and women going about their daily business dressed to kill (literally) -  the women are stunning and they walk like supermodels on a catwalk, shiny new skyscrapers are beginning to sprout and there was a buzz around the exhibition which I haven’t seen before. It’s a generation excited by contemporary art. Some will like it, some wont but there seems to be a hunger to be there to witness it and who knows, it may inspire a new era of artists. This is a city with confidence and a new hope for the future and with forthcoming elections on the way let’s hope its continues to strive.

As with all of Damien’s shows you really have to experience them in person to really appreciate them and their presence by their sheer size alone. I have been to many of his shows over the last couple of years but there were a few pieces that I really wanted to see, notably 'A Thousand Years' and the Superstitious triptych 'Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven'.

My favourites among his new paintings changed a few times over the two days as well. It’s quite a bold collection, and again the jpegs or catalogues don’t do them justice. The 'feathered' magpies, the stencilled spots and floral impressions, the blobs of paint, scratching of lines through layers of blue and black paints and in sharp contrast to spot, spin and fact works, visible brush strokes... There’s honesty and a vulnerability to them that comes back to Bacon and in these challenging economic times it’s what may give the contemporary art market the shot in the arm it needs!

I love 'Nothing matters/the Empty chair' and the 2 self portraits but  'Never see you again' is one of the paintings that has stayed with me. Are they ghosts or deceased relatives of Damien or are we supposed to be left with questions?

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and a photo of him in his Hirst T-shirt in front of the exhibition opening. A true fan!

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Alexander Boldizar and Damien Hirst in conversation

September 21, 2009 by Ellie

Recently published in C-Arts magazine, Boldizar's extensive interview with Hirst in Bali opens several conversations on his blue paintings, money, power and death. Read it here.

Hirst at the Wallace Collection

September 18, 2009 by Ellie

No Love Lost: Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst

Wednesday 14th October 2009 - Sunday 24th January 2010

Skull with Ashtray and Lemon, 2006/2007, 1020 x 764 mm, oil on canvas.
Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009. Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace CollectionSkull with Ashtray and Lemon, 2006/2007, 1020 x 764 mm, oil on canvas.  Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009.  Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace Collection

Press Release:

“I like John Ruskin’s idea of art, that there’s an unbroken line all the way back to the cavemen, and we are just the most recent additions.” Damien Hirst 

The Wallace Collection is pleased to announce an exhibition of 25 new paintings by Damien Hirst including two triptychs, being shown in the UK for the first time. ‘No Love Lost: Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst’ marks the artist’s return to the solitary practice of painting. Created between 2006 and 2008, these paintings represent a radical departure from the artist’s established working practice. 

Since the start of his career, Hirst has challenged the boundaries of art and what it means to be an artist. The paintings in ‘No Love Lost’ bear witness to a bold new direction in his work; a series of paintings that, in the artist’s words are “deeply connected to the past.” Their exhibition at the Wallace Collection, arguably the most intimate national museum in the world, is significant. In contrast to the white walls of a contemporary gallery, Hirst has opted to present these works in a classical context, surrounded by Old Master paintings in the great European tradition at the Wallace Collection.

In Floating Skull (2006), The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth (2008) and Men Shall Know Nothing (2008) Hirst confronts the darkness that lies at the heart of human nature and experience. His ethereal treatment of the memento mori references centuries of art where ‘intimations of mortality’ are represented by the human skull and symbols of the passage of time such as in Poussin’s A Dance to the Music of Time, part of the Wallace Collection.

Floating Skull, 2006, 1018.54 x 767.08 mm, oil on canvas. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009. Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace CollectionFloating Skull, 2006, 1018.54 x 767.08 mm, oil on canvas. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009. Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace Collection

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, 2008, 2023 x 1295 ( x 3: triptych), oil on canvas. Photography by Stephen White, © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009. Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace CollectionThe Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, 2008, 2023 x 1295 ( x 3: triptych), oil on canvas.  Photography by Stephen White, © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009.  Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace Collection

Hirst’s new works engage in a dramatic visual dialogue with the paintings, furniture, porcelain, armour and sculpture displayed in the Wallace Collection’s intimate furnished rooms of silk-covered walls and gilded cornices. He said: “I’ve chosen to show my new paintings here because I love the fact that it is a family collection. It’s like a world away from the world.  My new works somehow feel like they belong here with other works and objects from other times.”[spacer height=10] Very few living artists have exhibited at The Wallace Collection. Hirst joins a select group who have been privileged enough to have shown their work at the museum within their own lifetimes, most famously Lucian Freud in 2004. Hirst will exhibit his paintings in the upper galleries leading on to the Great Gallery.

Requiem, White Roses and Butterflies, 2008, 1500 x 2300 mm, oil on canvas. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009. Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace CollectionRequiem, White Roses and Butterflies, 2008, 1500 x 2300 mm, oil on canvas. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009.  Courtesy Damien Hirst and The Wallace Collection

PRESS INFORMATION: Jeanette Ward / Theresa Simon & Partners Ltd 020 7734 4800 / 07729 930 812 / jeanette@theresasimon.com

Other Criteria will be publishing a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

Come visit us at the first London Art Book Fair!

September 16, 2009 by Kay

ther Criteria is participating in the first year of The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th September - come find us at stall 11!

The fair has free entry and is open to the public 5pm-late on the first night, offering up to 40% on some amazing art publications.

Also, Polly Borland will be giving a free talk on her 'Bunny' project at the fair! To see Borland's 'Bunny' project, please click here. The talk will take place at 12.30pm on Saturday 26th September in the Study Studio, followed by questions and a book signing in the main foyer. Feel free to pop along on the day or contact us to find out more.

There are over 80 exhibitors including publishers, distributors and galleries. Alongside Other Criteria will be The Art Newspaper, Frieze, Haunch of Venison, Ivory Press, Tate Publishing, Saatchi Gallery Publications, Thames & Hudson, White Cube, Whitechapel Gallery and many more. See the full list of exhibitors here.

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