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Anarchy

Anarchy
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2017
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 102cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Anarchy is one of twelve silkscreen prints that compose the Eat the Rich series. In this series, Hirst depicts pharmaceutical packaging. The artist, however, replaces the tablets’ brand name with a word implying violence, force or aggression, as is seen in this print with the word ‘Anarchy’. Other examples from the series are words such as ‘Riot’, ‘Attack’ and ‘Clash’. In this series, Hirst’s fascination with pharmaceutical packaging is apparent. This interest was pursued much earlier in Hirst’s artistic career with his Medicine Cabinets series from the 1980s.

The influence of conceptual sculptors such as Sol Le Witt and Donald Judd can be seen in the minimalist design of the packaging. The understated design reflects a confidence in modern medicine and the modernist fantasy that, thanks to scientific developments, everyone and everything can be cured.