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Damien Hirst

Natural History

Open from March 9, 2022
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view with Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded (1993) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Installation view with Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded (1993)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Works Exhibited

Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded, 1993 Glass, painted steel, silicone, monofilament, acrylic, shark, and formaldehyde solution, in 3 parts, each: 78 ⅛ × 42 ½ × 30 ½ inches (198.3 × 107.9 × 77.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded, 1993

Glass, painted steel, silicone, monofilament, acrylic, shark, and formaldehyde solution, in 3 parts, each: 78 ⅛ × 42 ½ × 30 ½ inches (198.3 × 107.9 × 77.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Analgesics, 1993 Glass, silicone, acrylic, sheep heads, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 18 × 27 × 18 inches (45.7 × 68.6 × 45.7 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Analgesics, 1993

Glass, silicone, acrylic, sheep heads, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 18 × 27 × 18 inches (45.7 × 68.6 × 45.7 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, 16 Sausages, 1993 Acrylic, monofilament, sausages, and formaldehyde solution, 25 ¼ × 18 ¾ × 3 ¾ inches (64 × 47.5 × 9.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, 16 Sausages, 1993

Acrylic, monofilament, sausages, and formaldehyde solution, 25 ¼ × 18 ¾ × 3 ¾ inches (64 × 47.5 × 9.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Cain and Abel, 1994 Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, calves, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 41 × 66 ¾ × 24 ⅝ inches (104 × 169.5 × 62.5 cm), edition 1/1 + 1 AP© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Cain and Abel, 1994

Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, calves, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 41 × 66 ¾ × 24 ⅝ inches (104 × 169.5 × 62.5 cm), edition 1/1 + 1 AP
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, I AM, 1995 Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, stainless steel, sheep, and formaldehyde solution, 43 ½ × 64 × 25 ⅜ inches (110.5 × 162.5 × 64.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, I AM, 1995

Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, stainless steel, sheep, and formaldehyde solution, 43 ½ × 64 × 25 ⅜ inches (110.5 × 162.5 × 64.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, The Ascension, 2003 Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, acrylic, monofilament, calf, and formaldehyde solution, 94 ¼ × 67 ⅜ × 24 ⅛ inches (239.2 × 171 × 61.1 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, The Ascension, 2003

Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, acrylic, monofilament, calf, and formaldehyde solution, 94 ¼ × 67 ⅜ × 24 ⅛ inches (239.2 × 171 × 61.1 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Saint Philip, 2005 Glass, painted medium-density fiberboard, aluminum, acrylic, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 24 ⅛ × 36 × 6 ½ inches (61.1 × 91.5 × 16.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Saint Philip, 2005

Glass, painted medium-density fiberboard, aluminum, acrylic, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 24 ⅛ × 36 × 6 ½ inches (61.1 × 91.5 × 16.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, The Beheading of John the Baptist, 2006 Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, ceramic floor tiles, stainless steel, resin butcher block, knives, machete, chainmail glove, cow, and formaldehyde solution, 90 ¾ × 131 ½ × 85 ⅜ inches (230.5 × 334 × 216.8 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, The Beheading of John the Baptist, 2006

Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, ceramic floor tiles, stainless steel, resin butcher block, knives, machete, chainmail glove, cow, and formaldehyde solution, 90 ¾ × 131 ½ × 85 ⅜ inches (230.5 × 334 × 216.8 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Love Is Blind, 2008 Glass, painted medium-density fiberboard, beech, aluminum, acrylic, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 72 × 108 × 12 inches (182.9 × 274.3 × 30.5 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Love Is Blind, 2008

Glass, painted medium-density fiberboard, beech, aluminum, acrylic, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 72 × 108 × 12 inches (182.9 × 274.3 × 30.5 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008 Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, acrylic, cow heads, and formaldehyde solution, 18 × 72 × 18 inches (45.7 × 182.9 × 45.7 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008

Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, acrylic, cow heads, and formaldehyde solution, 18 × 72 × 18 inches (45.7 × 182.9 × 45.7 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Death Denied, 2008 Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, monofilament, tiger shark, and formaldehyde solution, 84 ⅞ × 202 ½ × 74 ¼ inches (215.4 × 514.2 × 188.4 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Death Denied, 2008

Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, monofilament, tiger shark, and formaldehyde solution, 84 ⅞ × 202 ½ × 74 ¼ inches (215.4 × 514.2 × 188.4 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Rescuer – Victim, 2008 Acrylic, stainless steel, monofilament, sharks, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 113 ½ × 50 × 48 ¼ inches (288.1 × 126.9 × 122.6 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Rescuer – Victim, 2008

Acrylic, stainless steel, monofilament, sharks, and formaldehyde solution, in 2 parts, each: 113 ½ × 50 × 48 ¼ inches (288.1 × 126.9 × 122.6 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, School Daze, 2021 Stainless steel, acrylic, electric motor, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 27 ⅝ × 74 ⅞ × 74 ⅞ inches (70 × 190 × 190 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, School Daze, 2021

Stainless steel, acrylic, electric motor, fish, and formaldehyde solution, 27 ⅝ × 74 ⅞ × 74 ⅞ inches (70 × 190 × 190 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

About

I wanted a shark that’s big enough to eat you, and in a large enough amount of liquid so that you could imagine you were in there with it.
—Damien Hirst

Gagosian is pleased to present Natural History, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst’s groundbreaking works employing formaldehyde. The exhibition—part of Hirst’s takeover of the Britannia Street gallery—will survey more than twenty of the most iconic examples, dating from 1991 to 2021.

Ever since he first exploded into the public consciousness in 1991 with The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a fourteen-foot tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, Hirst has used the naturally occurring compound in many of his best-known works. Embodying his ongoing drive to bridge the gap between art and science, the Natural History series includes a variety of preserved animals, such as sheep, doves, a zebra, and even a “unicorn”—some of which are bisected, sliced into cross sections, or flayed. This exhibition, which features works spanning a thirty-year period, gathers many of these works together for the first time.

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Installation view, Titus Kaphar: New Alte̲rs: Reworking Devotion, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, March 17–May 15, 2022. Artwork © Titus Kaphar. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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London Gallery Weekend
Damien Hirst, Cristina Iglesias, Titus Kaphar, Richard Prince

May 13–15, 2022
London
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As part of London Gallery Weekend, Gagosian will have extended hours at all London locations, including the Gagosian Shop in Burlington Arcade, where visitors can browse Richard Prince artist’s books, posters, and other merchandise as part of his Shop takeover. Visitors can view the exhibitions Cristina Iglesias at Davies Street, which opens on Saturday, May 14; Titus Kaphar: New Alte̲rs: Reworking Devotion at Grosvenor Hill, before it closes on May 15; and Damien Hirst: Natural History at Britannia Street.

A range of activities will be offered, including exhibition tours and drop-in drawing hours for visitors of all ages, in addition to treats from Connaught Patisserie and Treats ClubIn its second year, London Gallery Weekend is a free annual event featuring over 150 of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries coming together to celebrate culture and creativity.

Installation view, Titus Kaphar: New Alte̲rs: Reworking Devotion, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, March 17–May 15, 2022. Artwork © Titus Kaphar. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd