The ceo-artist rich man, all-round contemporary guy DAMIEN HIRST has done it again. His latest jewel-like offering is another skull…this time that of a baby. Although his choice of ‘material’ has offended mums, Hirst comments that ”diamonds are about perfection and wealth, sex and death and immortality. They are a symbol of everything that is eternal, but then they have a dark side as well.”
The skull came from the artist’s 19th century pathology collection. It is covered – beautifully – with pink and white diamonds, their sparkling sheen somehow balancing the choice of subject matter. For Heaven’s Sake 2008 inaugurated the new Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong, and will be on show there until February 18, 2011. (Sorry – the price has not yet been determined.) It was produced by Science Ltd., one of Damien Hirst’s art firms . The artist has 7 different studios, and employs 130 people to ‘create’ his works. In fact, the photorealist butterfly series that sell out around the world were created by 25 of his staff who worked on them for 2 years. Hirst has done ”none of them”
If you are still interested in seeing the original Hirst diamond skull – the one that sold for an alleged $100 million and is now owned by a consortium – then pop over to Firenze, Italy. In Florence you will be able to see this diamond-encrusted piece at the Palazzo Vecchio until May 1, 2011.
Like For Heaven’s Sake, it too, is a life-size cast of a human skull. Made in platinum, it is covered with flawless pavé-set diamonds. Both works are a nod to momento mori – where an image serves to remind us of our mortality.
Prior the exhibition in Florence, For the Love of God has only been shown twice. After its attention-grabbing exhibition at the White Cube in London in 2007, it was then shown at the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam, where it attracted 250,000 visitors.
CANADIANS who wish information on Damien Hirst pieces: contact Galerie de Bellefeuille