Damien Hirst: Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures
This book was published on the occasion of Damien Hirst: Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London. Marking the first phase of Hirst’s yearlong takeover of the Britannia Street gallery, the exhibition featured rarely seen works by the artist created between 1993 and 2021.
Mimicking color photographs, the Fact Paintings are rendered in oil on canvas, sometimes with meticulous fidelity, at others reveling in the physicality of mark making. Their verisimilitude recalls the historical role of painting as a tool to represent the visible world and lead the viewer to believe that a two-dimensional image is, in fact, the three-dimensional object it portrays. In the Fact Sculptures, presented alongside the related paintings, Hirst moves beyond the readymade, instead constructing detailed replicas of real objects.
This publication features extensive reproductions of the forty-six exhibited works, as well as photographs of the installation. It also includes a new essay by Alice Godwin, which considers both the art historical context of the works as well as the new meaning they take on within contemporary life.