Charity is Damien Hirst’s twenty-two foot high painted bronze statue of a Spastics Society collection box. The collection box is a young girl clutching a teddy bear with her leg in callipers and is depicted as having been broken into, with a large crow bar and coins scattered in the surrounding area.
Charity was originally installed outside White Cube gallery in London as part of Damien Hirst's 2003 exhibition Romance in the Age of Uncertainty.
This publication shows Charity exhibited at Royal West of England Academy of Art in Bristol which is open to the public until May 2012.
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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