The Last Supper by Damien Hirst

The Last Supper Damien Hirst

The 13 large prints that make up Damien Hirst’s Last Supper series signpost an immensely fruitful period in the artist’s career defined by visual originality, his trademark acerbic wit and a clear sense of cultural context. As a set or individually they are a powerful meditation on what the artist considers the absurdity (and dualities) of faith and consumerism and the self-destructive and brainless nature of humankind. The ideas behind this series are important, engaging with more than one of the defining themes of Hirst’s work.

Why is The Last Supper series important?

The series was created at a pivotal time, arguably at the very peak of the so-called YBA movement’s creative power (the conceptualist group for whom Hirst was considered ring leader) prior to the fall out between the artist and the group’s patron Charles Saatchi. In terms of historical context, it was executed four years after Hirst won the Turner prize, two years after the landmark Royal Academy show Sensation and a year after the opening of his thematically connected Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill.

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