Damien Hirst (1965 – )
- 624 x 861 mm
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Hirst’s screenprint is a critique of the culture of taxonomy. He presents a collection of stones in a grid formation reminiscent of the ordering of geological samples from a page of his school geography text book. His abiding interest in methods of preservation s linked with his preoccupation with mortality. His most notorious work, a fourteen foot tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Some Living, 1991 (Saatchi Collection, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk) was a work born out of an irrepressible confidence, and it has become a contemporary icon, seeming not only to express the ideas of the artist but also the aggressive, predatory, forward-looking spirit of its time.
This work comes from the Londonportfolio, one of the most significant British print publications of the 1990s.
Multiple Choice: Prints by Young British Artists, The British Council 1997
Contemporary British Arts in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and The Paragon Press, 1995 (texts by Jeremy Lewison, Patrick Elliott and Duncan Macmillan)