Damien Hirst (B. 1965)
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Damien Hirst (B. 1965)

Pharmaceuticals

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Damien Hirst (B. 1965)
Pharmaceuticals
signed, titled, numbered and dated 'Damien Hirst PHARMACEUTICALS 2005 70/75' (lower edge)
inkjet print in colours on Somerset paper
sheet: 50 x 40 ½in. (127 x 102cm.)
image: 41 ¾ x 33in. (105.5 x 83.8cm.)
Executed in 2005, this work is number seventy from an edition of seventy-five plus ten artist's proofs
Provenance
Gagosian Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.
Exhibited
New York, Gagosian Gallery, Damien Hirst: The Elusive Truth, 2005 (illustrated in colour, unpaged).
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Lot Essay

Damien Hirst’s Pharmaceuticals captures the artist’s early, seminal series of pharmaceutical drugs, actual examples of which the artist would famously arrange in medicine cabinets installed along the gallery wall. In this way Hirst is continuing and updating the tradition of the Duchampian ready-made, the Surrealist found object and a Warholian take on cultural trends and the connoisseur’s curiosity cabinet. The cabinet thereby becomes a comment on society’s increase in health awareness, critically pointing out the fashion of managing lifestyles through the consumption of the latest designer drugs which defined the 1980s and 1990s.

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