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Damien Hirst: Dead Black Brilliant Utopia - Signed Print

Dead Black Brilliant Utopia
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

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

Critical Review

Throughout Hirst’s artistic career he has used medical and pill iconography to question how ‘art’ and ‘medicine’ art are defined in contemporary culture. Making a direct comparison between the two, which at first seems unusual, Hirst makes clear the way in which both art and medicine are constructed systems that people choose to believe in. While an individuals’ position can change as a drug remains the same, so too is art’s value dependent on what viewers and institutions are willing to praise it with.

The Utopia series as well as earlier works like The Void and Hirst’s 1992 installation Pharmacy transform medicine into high art, highlighting the audience’s relationship to medicine as subjective as our relationship to art. Dead Black Brilliant Utopia is a mesmerising and visually complex image due to the unusual display of pills in varying sizes in a mirrored cabinet.

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