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The Cure (sunflower yellow, merlot, sapphire)

The Cure (sunflower yellow, merlot, sapphire)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

The Cure (sunflower yellow, merlot, sapphire) is one of thirty silkscreen prints that compose Hirst’s The Cure series. In this series, Hirst renders a singular pill in a combination of two colour tones against a bold and vibrant coloured backdrop. The series is inspired by modern medicine and reflects Hirst’s fascination with pharmaceutical companies and the important role they play in 21st century society. The minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill and pharmaceutical packaging was of great interest for Hirst and led to the creation of this series, as well as the Eat the Rich series, produced later in 2017.

Hirst’s interest in medicine reflects a wider preoccupation with the human body and themes of life and death which the artist often explored in his artworks. By making a pharmaceutical product into art, Hirst blurs the boundaries between art and science in this print, demanding that we appreciate the art behind science.

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