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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 102cm x W 153cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|May 2022||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Sausages - Signed Print|
|January 2022||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Sausages - Signed Print|
|June 2021||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Sausages - Signed Print|
|January 2021||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Sausages - Signed Print|
|June 2019||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Sausages - Signed Print|
|December 2016||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Sausages - Signed Print|
|July 2016||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Sausages - Signed Print|
Imitative of pharmaceutical packaging, Sausages uses a simple, limited pallet of three colours. The word ‘Sausages’ replaces the medicine name, and in place of the manufacturer's logo Hirst creates another, using artwork derived from an earlier work displaying a string of sausages in Formaldehyde. Some pharmaceutical descriptions and measurements remain: the words ‘Intraconazole 100mg per capsule’ sit awkwardly beneath the artwork title.
In this series Hirst takes everyday, cafeteria foods and holds them up to Christian faith and the perceived glamour of pharmaceuticals. He shows us how these medicines have become commonplace, their packaging familiar and the contents trusted. For Hirst our relationship with medicine is a belief system, very much like art or religion.
Pharmaceutical imagery, glamour and idolisation can be found early in the artist’s career in his Medicine Cabinet series. Empty medicine packaging is displayed in cabinets under titles including ‘Holidays’, ‘New York’ and ‘God’. Later, he uses similar cabinets to display brightly coloured pills and cubic zirconia.
Hirst’s ongoing questioning of human faith can be found again and again throughout his work. Signed and unnumbered (as is true of all prints in the series) this print can be considered an important piece within the artist’s catalogue raisonné.