Damien Hirst "End of an Era"

Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue

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Gordon Burn: If you got to make a fool of somebody, who would it be?
Damien Hirst: God.

Gagosian Gallery presents "End of an Era", an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Damien Hirst.

The exhibition takes its title from the central sculpture in the exhibition, a severed bull's head with golden horns and crowned with a solid gold disc. Suspended in formaldehyde and encased in a golden vitrine, this totemic sculpture acts as a powerful coda to The Golden Calf (2008). End of an Era proffers a sacrificial head, here dismembered from the majestic body of the earlier sculpture. While The Golden Calf symbolized the worshipping of a false idol, with End of an Era (2009) Hirst demystifies the biblical tale and, by extension, debunks his own myth-making.

Also included in the exhibition is Judgement Day (2009) a thirty-foot long gold cabinet filled with close to 30,000 manufactured diamonds. A series of photorealist paintings of famous diamonds including The Golden Jubilee (2008) The Agra (2006) and The Premiere Rose (2006) are shown together here for the first time.

Having recently announced the end of the various series for which he has become known over the last twenty years, including the spot, spin and butterfly paintings, Hirst also makes reference with the exhibition's title to the seachange in his own work.

[Image: Damien Hirst "End of an Era" (2009) Bull's head, gold, gold-plated steel, glass and formaldehyde solution with a Carrara marble plinth, 84 x 67 5/16 x 38 5/16 in.]



from January 30, 2010 to March 06, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-01-30 from 18:00 to 20:00


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