On July 14, 2021, Damien Hirst released The Currency—a collection of ten thousand NFTs that correspond to ten thousand unique physical artworks—with HENI on Palm, a new, more environmentally friendly NFT ecosystem. Collectors are invited to apply to buy an NFT through July 21, 2021. Successful applicants will all initially receive NFTs. Ultimately, each collector has one year to decide between keeping the NFT or trading it for the physical artwork; whichever is not selected will be destroyed. The Currency is an experiment in belief in which every participant is confronted with their perception of value, testing the boundaries of the digital and physical worlds and our role in both.
Damien Hirst with works from The Currency (2016). Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Filmed over the course of a year, this video, produced by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, on the occasion of the exhibition Damien Hirst: Cherry Blossoms, offers a rare glimpse at Hirst’s creative process, providing keys to understanding his work. In the video, Hirst and art historian Tim Marlow discuss how the artist conceived and created the Cherry Blossom paintings.
Still from “Damien Hirst: Cherry Blossoms.” Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021
In this time-lapse video, Damien Hirst’s Hylonome (2011) is installed at Gagosian, Rome, for the exhibition Forgiving and Forgetting, on view from July 6 through October 23, 2021. Rendered in Carrara marble, the female centaur, whose statuesque form conjures both Baroque corporeality and the stately symmetry of French Neoclassical sculpture, sparks an unexpected interplay between ancient and modern. The work is from the artist’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, a project that presented sculptural relics from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, playing fast and loose with linear time, cultural origin, and perceptions of relative status and value.
Still from “Damien Hirst: Hylonome”
Fruitful and Forever Editions
Organized in collaboration with Fondazione Prada in Milan, Damien Hirst has created four new limited-edition prints to raise money for Save the Children’s campaign Riscriviamo il Futuro (Rewrite the Future). The initiative aims to support Italian children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been affected by school closures during the covid-19 crisis. The editions, titled Fruitful and Forever, feature bright, abstract details from Hirst’s new series of Cherry Blossom paintings, and are available through September 27, 2020. To purchase the prints, visit leviathan.heni.com.
Damien Hirst, Fruitful, 2020 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates
Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews
Join Jake Auerbach, Richard Calvocoressi, Bella Freud, Martin Gayford, and Florence Hallett as they discuss the work and legacy of four era-defining artists. Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, elucidates the connections between their respective practices, and also features some of the artists’ portraits of each other.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.
Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar)
Alexandria Smith and Akwaeke Emezi take up themes of queerness, hybridity, and embodied memory in their respective visual and literary works. Here, Emezi responds to Smith’s painting Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar) (2022) with an eponymous piece of flash fiction.
Anselm Kiefer and Michael Govan
On the occasion of his exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Exodus at Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, the artist spoke with Michael Govan about his works that elaborate on themes of loss, history, and redemption.
Sterling Ruby: TURBINES
Join Sterling Ruby in his Los Angeles studio as he works on new abstract paintings ahead of his exhibition TURBINES at Gagosian in New York.
Jenny Saville: Latent
In this video, Jenny Saville describes the evolution of her practice inside her latest exhibition, Latent, at Gagosian, Paris. She addresses the genesis of the title and reflects on the anatomy of a painting.
Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent
In conjunction with his exhibition Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent at Gagosian in New York, the artist sits down to discuss his new paintings, sculptures, and drawings.
Duane Hanson at Fondation Beyeler
To celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, staged an exhibition entitled Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson. The presentation featured several sculptures by Duane Hanson alongside more than one hundred works from the foundation’s collection. Alice Godwin considers the fertile dialogues produced by these juxtapositions.
The Bigger Picture
Artists Against Mass Incarceration
Salomé Gómez-Upegui reports on cultural organizations and artists standing up against mass incarceration in the United States.
Artist to Artist: Spencer Sweeney and Peter Doig
Peter Doig visits Spencer Sweeney’s studio and the two discuss automatism, ambiguity, and anguish in the creative process.
Tyler Mitchell and Zoé Whitley
Tyler Mitchell sat down with Zoé Whitley, director at Chisenhale Gallery in London, for a conversation as part of Frieze Masters Talks and in partnership with Gagosian. The two discussed Mitchell’s first solo presentation in London and with the gallery, Chrysalis, on view earlier this fall at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and a special commission for Frieze Masters 2022 that reflected on his conceptual and editorial photography practices. His work reinterprets the tropes employed in both the Western canon of portraiture and the contemporary fashion magazine.
Fashion and Art: Madonna’s Sex and Saint Laurent Rive Droite
This year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach brought Saint Laurent to America for a special exhibition curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Madonna’s groundbreaking book, Sex (1992). Staged on the Miami beachfront, the ephemeral exhibition was presented on the occasion of the reissue of Sex by Rive Droite and Callaway, New York, and featured large-format prints of Steven Meisel’s iconic photographs from the book, as well as unpublished images from the original photo shoots. Rennie McDougall reflects on the momentous impact of the publication, tracing Madonna’s ongoing influence on and provocation of popular culture.