Published on the occasion of Damien Hirst’s 2003 exhibition at White Cube Gallery, London.
The show dissected and recast the story of Jesus and his disciples through paintings and sculptural work while revealing the uncertainty at the heart of human experience. The exhibited works included The Apostles, a series of 13 clinical steel and glass cabinets filled with medical instruments, weapons, ornaments, blood and life’s detritus; a dozen canvases encrusted with flies suspended in resin, each given a fatal disease for a title; skinned cows’ and bulls’ heads in individual tanks punctured, lacerated and stabbed with knives and glass fragments; and huge canvases embedded with butterfly wings arranged in extraordinary grid systems.
This book contains 46 colour illustrations - including many details of the exhibited works – and four gatefolds. An introductory essay by Annushka Shani examines each work more closely, drawing out themes of love, life and death.
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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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