Gagosian is pleased to present a much-anticipated exhibition of new work by Damien Hirst. Inaugurating the newly remodeled Chelsea gallery, this will be the artist’s first major show in four years.
As one of the most recognized talents of Young British Art, Hirst has risen to international prominence, startling the art world and the world at large with his brilliantly conceived projects that are instantly identifiable as the work of a unique and provocative imagination. Often controversial, his most celebrated work has never shied away from the terrible beauty that lies in death and the inevitable decay contained in beauty.
Hirst’s works continue to infuse everyday objects with a sense of the sublime and the absurd. The exhibition will include sixteen new sculptures and a new series of paintings. Hymn, a twenty-foot-tall painted bronze anatomical model, transforms a childhood educational toy into a monumental sculpture and is emblematic of Hirst’s playful nature. A desire for order and a humanized science are embedded in a group of spectacular wunderkammern (cabinets of curiosities) that make visceral the themes of absence, longing, memory, and loss. Also included in the exhibition are a number of works that further Hirst’s meditations on the impermanence and fragility of life.
A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Gordon Burn and George Post will accompany the exhibition. The artist will also produce Magnificent 7, a limited edition made to coincide with the exhibition.
In the Studio: Damien Hirst’s Veil Paintings
Damien Hirst speaks about his Veil paintings with Gagosian’s Alison McDonald. “I wanted to make paintings that were a celebration,” he says, “and that revealed something and obscured something at the same time.”
Damien Hirst: Visual Candy
James Fox considers the origins of Damien Hirst’s Visual Candy paintings on the occasion of a recent exhibition of these early works in Hong Kong.
Damien Hirst: Colour Space Paintings
Blake Gopnik examines the artist’s “dot” paintings in relation to the history of representation in Western art, in which dabs of paint have served as fundamental units of depiction and markers of objective truth.
The River Café Cookbook
London’s River Café, a culinary mecca perched on a bend in the River Thames, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this milestone and the publication of her cookbook River Café London, cofounder Ruth Rogers sat down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the famed restaurant’s allure.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Extended through August 10, 2018
Colour Space Paintings
May 4–August 10, 2018
555 West 24th Street, New York
The Veil Paintings
March 1–April 14, 2018
Extended through March 3, 2018
Visual Candy and Natural History
November 23, 2017–March 3, 2018
The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011
January 12–February 10, 2012