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Image size: 41.5 in. x 33.0 in.
Sheet size: 50 x 40.2 in.

In 'Pharmaceuticals' we see the way Damien Hirst has adapted Andy Warhol's approach with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that challenges the boundaries between high and low culture, art and science, and addresses the big questions of life, love, and death. Damien Hirst has explored pharmaceuticals in many of his different works from his spot prints to the Last Supper.This print was originally produced to accompany Hirst's 2004 New York exhibition The Elusive Truth, which focused on larger-than-life, hand painted tablets.

As the celebrated bad-boy artist of our time, Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst’s (b.1965) œuvre is at once abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque and minimal. Hirst carries on the legacy of Warhol with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that is as much about marketing as it is about content. Hirst's work has generated enormous controversy, in part for its morbidity and fascination with medicine, which is evident in several of his series: the encased dead animals in various states of preservation, the incorporation of butterfly wings into stained glass-like images, cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals, and diamond-encrusted skulls. Hirst, winner of the 1995 prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize, has been the most prominent and notorious member of the young British artists (YBAs). Hirst's work has earned him the right to exhibit in numerous venues worldwide including the Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007), the White Cube, London, UK (2008) and the National Center For Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia (2010), among others.


Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, AU)

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  • Shipping Dimensions: 41.5 x 33 in. (105.41 x 83.82 cm.)
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