Saturday, March 31, 2012

Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern

April 4-September 9, 2012 at the Tate Modern

Damien Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an British artist. He is a member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Hirst is probably best known for his works where he used dead animals such as a sheep, cow, and a shark as part of his installations. These animals are sometimes dissected and are standing or floating in formaldehyde. His work that includes a shark in formaldehyde in a clear display case, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, created in 1991, is an iconic piece of his from the 1990s. He is also well known for his spots and spin works. Another work immeditaely recognized as Hirst is his diamond covered skull, For the Love of Godcovered in 8,601 diamonds and offered for sale at $100 million. 

The exhibit at the Tate Modern is the first comprehensive show of his work. Along with the shark piece will be his medicine cabinets and pill cabinets in addition to some other works  made throughout his career using butterflies and flies as well as the spots and spins.

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