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Damien Hirst: Black Brilliant Utopia - Signed Print

Black Brilliant Utopia
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Digital Print, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 86cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Hirst had experimented with medical pill iconography as early as the 1980s where he made tiny incisions into a series of monochrome paintings to accommodate real pills. Another earlier and prominent body of work that pre-empted Hirst’s first pill cabinet work was his Pharmacy installation from 1992. Hirst’s Utopia series encapsulates this trajectory and the fascination with medicine that has endured throughout the artist’s career.

The pills displayed on the shelves appear like little minimalist sculptures and indeed, Hirst has likened the pharmacy to a model of minimalist order that expels fears of death and decay. Hirst has explained why he makes this comparison between medical pills and packaging to minimalism, noting a comparison to the work of Sol Le Witt and Donald Judd: “They’re not flamboyant are they? They’re not allowed to sell themselves, except in a very clinical way. Which starts to become funny.”

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