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The Cure (forest green, turquoise, acid green)

The Cure (forest green, turquoise, acid green)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 72cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The Cure (forest green / turquoise / acid green) is one of thirty prints that compose The Cure series. In the series, each print depicts an identical pill, however the variation in the series comes from the unique combination of colours that Hirst choses for the pills. Often in the series, the pills are rendered in clashing colours, however in this print, the cool greens and blues complement each other, making the print more understated than others in the series.

The minimalist aesthetic of the print reflects the confidence of the pharmaceutical industry and their capacity to heal everyone and everything with their products. In terms of colour and printing technique, Hirst is clearly influenced by the father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Warhol is known for developing a Pop Art style which favoured bright and bold colours and repetition. Warhol’s Pop Art aesthetic resonates strongly with The Cure series. While Warhol wanted to elevate everyday consumer goods into fine art, by basing his art on pharmaceutical products, Hirst blurs the boundaries between art and science in this print, demanding that we appreciate the art behind science.

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