Tetrachloroauric acid, 2008
Household gloss and enamel paint on canvas
175.3 × 271.8 cm
An alternative reading, however, could be that Hirst is asserting that the much-touted great divide between traditional culture, a culture of depth and foundations, and post-modern culture, a culture of surfaces – cultivated superficialities of the image – is no divide at all.
“I don’t want to tell anybody what to think, I just want to make you think, and make you think along with me. There are no answers, only questions, and hopefully the questions will help guide you through the darkness”. – Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst. Tate Modern, London: 4 Apr – 9 Sep 2012
Damien Hirst. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia. 31 March — 01 June 2017
Damien Hirst. Tate Modern, London, 2012.