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Twist And Shout

Twist And Shout
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2002
Signed Print Edition of 68
H 75cm x W 93cm

Critical Review

All of the etchings in the In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things portfolio are variations on Hirst’s famous spin paintings. For these prints, Hirst attached a copper plates to a spin machine in his studio, onto which he drew the wiry lines with sharp tools. Hirst’s spin paintings were partly inspired by a long exposure photograph where he captured the movement of the stars in the sky caused by the rotation of the earth. This activity inspired the expression articulated in the title, ‘The Action of the World on Things’.

In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things represents Hirstian abstraction at its best, combining the element of chance with mechanical intervention. The result is a beautiful composition made up of intricate coloured lines that convey a sense of movement and speed. Twist and Shout is particularly expressive alongside other prints in the series, with eccentric splashes and lines that appear to move on the surface of the print itself.

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