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Damien Hirst

Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures

April 12–May 24, 2021
Britannia Street, London

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Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Works Exhibited

Damien Hirst, Limenitis reducta in Vitis vinifera, 2009 Oil on canvas, 74 × 108 inches (188 × 274.3 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021

Damien Hirst, Limenitis reducta in Vitis vinifera, 2009

Oil on canvas, 74 × 108 inches (188 × 274.3 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021

Damien Hirst, Snob, 2014 Mixed media, 62 ⅝ × 51 ½ × 46 ⅛ inches (159 × 131 × 117 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Snob, 2014

Mixed media, 62 ⅝ × 51 ½ × 46 ⅛ inches (159 × 131 × 117 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, The World Is Your Oyster, 2007 Painted bronze, 4 ½ × 35 ⅛ × 25 ¼ inches (11.2 × 89 × 64 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, The World Is Your Oyster, 2007

Painted bronze, 4 ½ × 35 ⅛ × 25 ¼ inches (11.2 × 89 × 64 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Gorilla Eats Green Pepper, 2013 Oil on canvas, 96 × 58 ½ inches (243.8 × 148.6 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Gorilla Eats Green Pepper, 2013

Oil on canvas, 96 × 58 ½ inches (243.8 × 148.6 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Medi.-Safe, 2005 Mixed media, 23 ⅝ × 23 ⅝ × 17 ¾ inches (60 × 60 × 45 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Medi.-Safe, 2005

Mixed media, 23 ⅝ × 23 ⅝ × 17 ¾ inches (60 × 60 × 45 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, French Nuclear Test, Licorne, 2010 Oil on canvas, 144 × 96 inches (365.8 × 243.8 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, French Nuclear Test, Licorne, 2010

Oil on canvas, 144 × 96 inches (365.8 × 243.8 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Dark Pink Rose, 2019 Oil on canvas, 51 × 38 inches (129.4 × 96.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Dark Pink Rose, 2019

Oil on canvas, 51 × 38 inches (129.4 × 96.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Persil, 2015 Painted steel, LED lighting, plastic, card, resin, and laundry packaging, 84 ¼ × 50 ⅝ × 25 ⅝ inches (214 × 128.5 × 65 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Persil, 2015

Painted steel, LED lighting, plastic, card, resin, and laundry packaging, 84 ¼ × 50 ⅝ × 25 ⅝ inches (214 × 128.5 × 65 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Self-Portrait as Surgeon, 2007 Oil on canvas, 72 × 54 inches (182.9 × 137.2 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Self-Portrait as Surgeon, 2007

Oil on canvas, 72 × 54 inches (182.9 × 137.2 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Warsaw, 2008 Mixed media, 70 ⅞ × 36 ¼ × 14 ¼ inches (180 × 92 × 36 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Warsaw, 2008

Mixed media, 70 ⅞ × 36 ¼ × 14 ¼ inches (180 × 92 × 36 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Papilio palinurus in Achillea millefolium, 2009 Oil on canvas, 36 × 54 inches (91.4 × 137.2 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Papilio palinurus in Achillea millefolium, 2009

Oil on canvas, 36 × 54 inches (91.4 × 137.2 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Notre-Dame on Fire, 2019 Oil on canvas, 16 × 20 ⅛ inches (40.5 × 51 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Notre-Dame on Fire, 2019

Oil on canvas, 16 × 20 ⅛ inches (40.5 × 51 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

About

I like to say something and deny it at the same time.
—Damien Hirst

Gagosian is pleased to announce Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures, an exhibition of rarely seen works by Damien Hirst created between 1993 and 2021. The exhibition marks the first phase of Hirst’s yearlong takeover of the Britannia Street gallery, and is his first in the space since The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 in 2012. Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures sees Hirst as both artist and curator, presenting this deeply personal series of work through his own eyes.

Throughout his storied career, Hirst has confronted the systems of belief that define human existence, from common trust in medicine to the seduction of consumerism. At a moment when the idea of “truth” has never been more tenuous, Hirst’s Fact Paintings and Sculptures question the obduracy of “fact” as a governing principle of society.

Mimicking color photographs, the Fact Paintings are rendered in oil on canvas, sometimes with meticulous fidelity, at others reveling in the physicality of mark making. Their verisimilitude recalls the historical role of painting as a tool to represent the visible world and lead the viewer to believe that a two-dimensional image is, in fact, the three-dimensional object it portrays. With the birth of photography in the nineteenth century, painting’s relationship with reality continued to evolve. Hirst’s Fact Paintings explore this back and forth between the brush and the camera as the agents of “truth.”

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