Damien Hirst Retrospective at Tate Modern

Hirst’s most famous piece: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living


Mother and Child Divided  Photo credit: Tate Modern website


Whether you are a fan of his work or it leaves you cold, there is no denying Damien Hirst’s current profile and influence in the contemporary art world; and they make taking a long, hard look at his Tate Modern retrospective almost irresistible.  The exhibition is aptly billed as a “substantial survey” of his work;  key pieces have been carefully selected and beautifully styled.  There are his dead animals / innards; splashes of colour; his grids (of cigarettes, dots, diamonds, instruments, fish); his pharmacy and his butterflies.  There are the weighty glass and metal cases that glamorously contain and juxtapose these objects.  As a survey, it succeeds. Exhibit runs from April 4th to September 9th, 2012.


Some of his Spin Paintings   Photo Credit:Photo By Oli Scarff/Getty Images


Detail from Sympathy in White Major   Photo credit: Prudence Cuming Associates

For the Love of God: platinum and diamond encrusted skull