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Damien Hirst (b. 1965)
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Damien Hirst (b. 1965)

Beautiful God is Dead Long Live God Painting

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Damien Hirst (b. 1965)
Beautiful God is Dead Long Live God Painting
signed 'Damien Hirst' (lower left); signed and dated twice 'Damien Hirst Oct 2005' (on the reverse and on the stretcher)
household gloss paint on canvas laid down on panel with skull
diameter: 84in. (213.4cm.)
Executed in 2005
Provenance
Haunch of Venison, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006.
Exhibited
San Rafael, Galería Hilario Galguera, Damien Hirst: The Death of God. Towards a Better Understanding of a Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools, 2006 (illustrated in colour, p. 149).
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Lot Essay

'I mean art is like God for every artist. In one way as an artist you have an equally suspect belief system as the church or any of the religions. So each piece in the show is like a piece of a puzzle or an aspect of a question that kind of daren't be asked directly, and only when you look at all the works together can you arrive at the boldness of the statement 'The Death of God', which then becomes a confirmation of life. It's more of a suspicion than a fact, or an unutterable truth...'

(Hirst, quoted in Damien Hirst: The Death of God. Towards a Better Understanding of a Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools, exh. cat., San Rafael 2006, pp. 13-14).

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