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Hirst opens at White Cube

November 17, 2009 by Ellie

Damien Hirst's exhibition opens at both White Cube spaces, filling the galleries with a new colour series of oil paintings. 'Nothing Matters' will run at the Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard locations from 25 November - 30 January 2010. Other Criteria will be releasing a publication to mark the occasion, with an interview by the late Gordon Burn and an essay by Rudi Fuchs.

The Crow, 2009, Oil on canvas, Triptych. Each: 228.6 x 152.4 cm (unframed),
© the artist, Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Courtesy White CubeThe Crow, 2009, Oil on canvas, Triptych. Each: 228.6 x 152.4 cm (unframed), © the artist, Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Courtesy White Cube

nothing matters

Insomnia, 2008, Oil on canvas, Triptych. Each: 228.6 x 152.4 cm
© the artist, Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Courtesy White CubeDamien Hirst, Insomnia, 2008, Oil on canvas, Triptych. Each: 228.6 x 152.4 cm © the artist, Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Courtesy White Cube

Press Release:

'I feel like I’ve arrived somewhere [...] In a completely different way, I feel I’ve got the tools to navigate somewhere. All that expression – doubts, fears, everything – can come out in this arena.' Damien Hirst in conversation with Gordon Burn, 2009

White Cube is pleased to present eighteen new paintings by Damien Hirst. The exhibition will be staged at White Cube Mason’s Yard and White Cube Hoxton Square.

At White Cube Hoxton Square, Hirst will present a group of paintings, which include three triptychs from 2007-09, each depicting crows shot in mid-flight against blue skies, with outspread wings and violent splatters of red paint across their bodies. In the four triptychs on show in the lower ground floor at White Cube Mason's Yard, these crows reappear, as omens of bad news. They often share the space with ghost-like figures, skeletal forms and objects, including chairs, lemons, knives, animal skulls, wine glasses or a scorpion.

Rudi Fuchs begins his essay with the following reading of these paintings: 'When I try to pinpoint what the visual mood is in Hirst’s new images, I am constantly reminded of Beckett – not of any one story in particular, though subject matter is important, but of the austere dryness of the language. Sentences are interrupted, lines are broken, observations are fragmented in order to direct us slowly towards a clearer perception of the real.'

'No Love Lost' by Damien Hirst continues at The Wallace Collection until 24 January 2010. For further information please contact the gallery on +44 (0)207 563 9500.

White Cube is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For further information, please contact Honey Luard or Sara Macdonald on +44 (0)20 7930 5373.