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The Dead and The Souls
20 July - 27 August 2011
Preview: Tuesday 19 July, 5 - 7 pm

Infamous for his wealth, celebrity and his record-breaking, bank-breaking auction prices, Damien Hirst has become somewhat the poster boy for British Art of his era. Rarely shown in this country, Auckland audiences will be treated to an exhibition of his work at Gow Langsford Gallery this winter. Although it may be difficult not to mention money when talking about Hirst, the exhibition The Dead and The Souls brings together a selection of editioned works, as well as some impressive originals, which will appeal to those with pockets shallower than Charles Saatchi's.
The two bodies of editioned work on show, The Dead (2009) and The Souls (2010) envelop several of Hirst's well known concerns; death and life, beauty and desire with a dynamism typical of Hirst's work. The consecutive series are each made up of a few compositions in various colour-ways and each print is in an edition of only fifteen. InThe Souls butterflies, as symbols for both the beauty of life and its impermanence, become metaphors for faith and death, while the skull imagery in The Dead make overt reference to mortality. Laid out like museum specimens and more or less anatomically correct Hirst has beautified his subjects through the use of block foil printing. "Of The Souls Hirst has said: I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foil block makes the butterflies have a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light. After The DeadI had to do the butterflies because you can't have one without the other". [Bracewell, M. (2010)]
The mass of imagery and scintillating colour creates spectacle, perhaps inevitable for Hirst, while collectively these works remind us of his power as an image maker and his enduring ability to captivate his audience.
As well as the two collections above we will be showcasing several of Hirst's sculptural Spin Skull works, three butterfly paintings and the impressive original, Beautiful Apollo Idealisation Painting.

Ali Ikram takes a look at our Damien Hirst exhibition on TV3's Nightline. View the video here.
Damien Hirst Exhibition, Auckland
I just heard about this Damien Hirst exhibition that opens 5-7pm tonight (Tuesday 19 July)
Titled The Dead and The Souls, these prints are on show from 20 July til 27 August at Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland.

The two bodies of editioned work, The Dead (2009) and The Souls (2010) envelop several of Hirst's well known concerns; death and life, beauty and desire with a dynamism typical of Hirst's work.
The consecutive series are each made up of a few compositions in various colour-ways and each print is in an edition of only fifteen.

InThe Souls butterflies symbolises both the beauty of life and its impermanence, and metaphors for faith and death, while the skull imagery in The Dead make overt reference to mortality.
Laid out like museum specimens and more or less anatomically correct
Hirst has beautified his subjects through the use of block foil printing.

Of The Souls Hirst has said "I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive.
The foil block makes the butterflies have a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light.
After The Dead I had to do the butterflies because you can't have one without the other". [Bracewell, M. (2010)]

As well as the two collections above will be showcasing several of Hirst's sculptural Spin Skull works, three butterfly paintings and the impressive original, Beautiful Apollo Idealisation Painting.

Seldom seen in New Zealand, this is a great opportunity to see some of Damien Hirst's prints.
I look forward to going to see them myself!
It is difficult to not mention money when talking about British artist Damien Hirst. Arguably more famous for his record-breaking auction prices and personal net worth than the actual works of art themselves, owning a Hirst has come to represent the ultimate status symbol amongst a new breed of collectors.
A forthcoming exhibition will give Aucklanders a rare look at this iconic artist's works. ‘The Dead and the Souls’ is a combination of two bodies of Hirst’s work which envelop several of the artists well known themes; life and death, beauty and desire, in a series that reflect the typical dynamism of his work.
Hirst became famous for a series of pieces in the 1990s in which dead animals, among them a 14-foot tiger shark, were preserved in formaldehyde and immortalised in a clear display case.
In 'The Souls' butterflies, as symbols for both the beauty of life and its impermanence, become metaphors for faith and death. Hirst beautifies his subjects, laid out like museum specimens, through the use of block foil printing, which reflect the light, mimicking that of actual butterflies. The skull imagery in 'The Dead' on the other hand, make an overt reference to mortality.
The exhibition comprises of a consecutive series of prints, each made up of a few compositions in various colour-ways. The prints are available in an edition of only fifteen, and the offering also includes one original painting, pictured below.
Denizen readers are invited to the preview evening, next Tuesday 19th of July, from 5 -7pm.

主題: | Damien Hirst不怕死 The Dead and The Souls 藝術展探索生命與死亡 |

死亡總是常被中國人避而不談,但卻又是如此不可避免。英國火紅前衛藝術家兼收藏家Damien Steven Hirst,以(Young British Artist)成員之一紅透全球,而他最愛探討的中心話題就是”死亡”。


Damien Steven Hirst最愛碰觸的主題從生命、死亡、美與欲望,近期Damien將有個展覽在紐西蘭的奧克蘭,主題是”The Dead and The Souls”,以骷髏印象呈現出對死亡的好奇與探索;探討靈魂,選擇了蝴蝶來體現美與生命的有限可貴,每個系列都有著不同顏色與組成,除了這兩個主題系列外,Damien也將在展覽展出作品”Spin Skull”與他的成名畫作”Beautiful Apollo Idealisation Painting”,展出時間將從7/30到8/17,選在紐西蘭的Gow Langsford Gallery。
The Dead and The Souls: Damien Hirst
I know it’s no secret that Damien Hirst’s themes centre around beauty, love, the grotesque, and death. But when one is confronted by Hirst for the first time it’s like a little light bulb goes off. The kind of light bulb which unexpectedly draws a smile on your face even when you’re staring death right in the face.
Yesterday, a friend and I went to Hirst’s The Dead and The Souls exhibition at the Gow Langsford Gallery on Lorne St. This was the first time either of us had seen any Damien Hirst in person. Let alone work from any British artist of the shock art category.
Expecting what one would expect from Hirst, I found myself forgetting it all as I walked into the gallery almost “Hirst Virginal”. From the left, something caught my eye. It was, in a word, pretty. And this is how I considered it for the next 3 minutes or so… And then it happened. The virginal revelation. As I stared at the butterfly pasted to its pastel pink background, it finally dawned on me that what I found to be “pretty” was indeed death. I was viewing the body of something which had lived, breathed and died.
I took another look around the gallery room and found the imagery haunting me (in the lightest sense possible with its candy colours). I still smiled. Even though I was in a sense, tricked. Maybe it was the fact that this revelation occurred unexpectedly? Even though I walked in informed, I came out enlightened. Like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, perhaps?

Image of Damien Hirst The Dead and The Souls installation from Gow Langsford Gallery Website, 2011.
As an artist I try to make things that people can believe in, that they can relate to, that they can experience. You therefore have to show them as well as possible.
—Damien Hirst, 2008

Any beautiful object, whether a living organism or any other entity composed of parts, must not only possess those parts in proper order, but its magnitude also should not be arbitrary; beauty consists in magnitude as well as order.
—Aristotle, Poetics

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