Damien Hirst’s New Exhibition in Paris Celebrates Life With Full Power

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Damien Hirst is probably the grasp of all issues dots. From his notorious Spot Collection to his Visible Sweet work, the artist has lengthy explored the motif in numerous kinds. And although his new Cherry Blossom work are a continuation of the speckled signature, the collection marks a culminated shift. In contrast to his notorious early Spot Work—primarily crafted by assistants with a mechanical-like precision of their candy-coated perfection, the Cherry Blossoms totally embrace the return of the artist’s hand—imbued with life, vitality, and messiness. “It’s been so good to make them. I’ve been fully misplaced in coloration and paint in my studio,” Hirst tells the Fondation Cartier, showing paint-drenched in his workspace as he hops from canvas to canvas.

The paint-covered artist pictured onerous at work in his studio. 


Fantasia Blossom, 2018. 

Crafting the work over three years, together with through the course of the pandemic, the artist aptly selected a theme to rejoice magnificence in nature simply because it was exhibiting its most harrowing facet: cherry blossoms in full bloom underneath a crisp blue sky, a picture so good he declares it garish and virtually cheesy. With items named Renewal Blossom, Pleasure Blossom, and even The Triumph of Demise Blossom, the near-decorative material is tinged with a gravitas—and with it, a little bit of Hirst’s signature irony.

The huge canvases are completely delivered to life on the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Designed by Jean Nouvel in 1994, the lofty metal and glass construction is centered amongst a subject of lush greenery, engulfing museumgoers in a vibrant pure oasis by views of the outside in addition to the canvases. After two COVID-related delays, the present debuts simply in time for summer season, that includes 30 of the 107 canvases chosen by Hirst and Hervé Chandès (the overall director of the Fondation Cartier). The exhibition will stay on view till January 2022. 

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