Damien Hirst

Skull with pills, 2008

Oil on canvas
45.7 × 61 cm

Modern medicine has been a recurring theme in Damien Hirst’s work, and it is art which, for him becomes the great healer, a potential placebo, a hopeful panacea:
“I like the way art works, the way it brightens people’s lives up… but I was having difficulty convincing the people around me that it was worth believing in. And then I noticed that they were believing in medicine in exactly the same way that I wanted them to believe in art.”

Damien Hirst. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. 31 March – 1 June 2017

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