HIRST, DAMIEN). Hirst, Damien, John Banville & Philip Larkin

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ISBN 10: 1932598456 / ISBN 13: 9781932598452
Published by Gagosian Gallery, London & Beverly Hills, CA, 2007
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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176pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. This is the substantial, beautifully produced hardbound catalogue that documents Damien Hirst's concurrent 2007 Beverly Hills and London gallery exhibitions of stained glass window-inspired works made of butterfly wings entitled "Superstition". It includes full-page photographic reproductions of each of the thirty-three pieces shown as well as installation photographs - all accompanied by tart, purposefully redacted commentary, and poems by Philip Larkin. A brand new, most handsome example additionally BOLDLY SIGNED "Damien Hirst" in black marker on the half title page. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Bookseller Inventory # 024532

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Publisher: Gagosian Gallery, London & Beverly Hills, CA

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Illustrated Boards

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket - As Issued

Signed: Signed by the Author

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Artist Monograph

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Published to accompany Damien Hirst’s exhibition of butterfly paintings at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles in February 2007, Superstition is a visually stunning book that confirms Hirst’s reputation as one of the most significant visual thinkers of his generation. Using ‘High Windows’, the last published volume of poems by Philip Larkin, as a point of reference to focus on the business of death and love, the ‘baroque and lavish fractals’ of Hirst’s paintings have a direct and clear poetry of their own, making Superstition a grand and tender body of work: ‘Larkin would probably have seen straight away the point of Hirst’s butterflies, these most evanescent of nature’s creatures, trapped here in their thousands under glass, their bright day done yet glowing still in death.’

Superstition includes over 30 exquisite full colour plates of the butterfly paintings, as well as reproductions of details and installation shots, providing a curatorial insight into this magnificent body of paintings. In addition to the wonderfully rich plates Superstition reproduces 6 of Philip Larkin’s poems, a commentary by Richard Bradford, and an erudite introduction by John Banville: ‘Death informs our every aspiration, our every hope, and stands at the end of every turn we take, the iron gate that will open just for us. As someone has said of the novel, having a happy ending depends on where you stop.’

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Born in Bristol in 1965, Damien Hirst studied at Goldsmith’s College, London. In 1988 he curated the now renowned exhibition, ‘Freeze’, held in London. In 1991, he had his first solo exhibition in London entitled ‘In and Out of Love’ and the following year he was a major part of the groundbreaking Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. He was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize, London in 1995. Hirst’s work has been shown in many important group and solo shows throughout the world. He lives and works in Devon, London and Mexico.

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