Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: No News Today - Signed Print

No News Today
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 300
H 69cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The design of the print is simple. Hirst reproduces The Independent logo and newspaper name in blood red and uses the same colour to dominate the front page. In a faint white, Hirst renders a dove, medicine pill and skull against the bold backdrop. Across the front page, the headline "No News Today" is positioned in the centre of the composition. The print rewards close attention as a shocking footnote below the title explains "Just 6,500 Africans died today as a result of a preventable, treatable disease."

In this print, Hirst subverts the traditional newspaper format by eliminating all news stories, forcing the viewer to acknowledge the important message conveyed by the footnote. Hirst was asked to design the front page while Bono was guest editor for the landmark edition. The print was distributed by the Independent newspaper and immediately sold out.

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