For the Love of God, 2011 - Damien Hirst
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About For the Love of God
The diamond encrusted skulls in Damien Hirst's For the Love of God stands amidst the genres of art, history, and religion as an unprecedented and conspicuous totem of death. Petrified into their settings, the diamonds could serve as an ...Read More
The diamond encrusted skulls in Damien Hirst's For the Love of God stands amidst the genres of art, history, and religion as an unprecedented and conspicuous totem of death. Petrified into their settings, the diamonds could serve as an attempt to pay indulgences to God, as the title and lavish exterior suggest, or perhaps the work is a memento mori, remind us of the evanescence of human life. Does the skull defy or submit to death?Read Less
About the Artist
About Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition of his own work and that ...Read More
Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition of his own work and that of his friends and fellow Goldsmiths College students, staged in an unused London warehouse. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, England. He lives and works in London and Devon. He is one of the most prominent artists to have emerged from the British art scene in the 1990s. Hirst's exploration of imagery is notable for its strong associations to life and death, and to belief and value systems. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale in 1993 and 2003; Twentieth Century British Sculpture, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1996; Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 2005; Into Me / Out of Me, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2006; Re-Object, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, 2007; and Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Solo exhibitions include Internal Affairs, ICA, London, 1991; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, 1997; The Agony and the Ecstasy, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, 2004; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2005; For the Love of God, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2008 and Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 2010/1. He received the DAAD fellowship in Berlin in 1994 and won the Turner Prize in 1995.
In April 2012, Hirst had a retrospective survey of his work at the Tate Britain.
DescriptionSilkscreen with glazes on paper
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