The Cheery Blossoms series
- Michio Hayashi
- Emanuele Coccia
- Philippe Costamagna
- Gilda Williams
Anthology of texts brought together by Alberto Manguel
The publication of the new series of paintings by Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst, born 1965, studied for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. In 1988, he conceived and curated a group exhibition of Goldsmiths students, titled Freeze, which marked the beginning of his career through the birth of the Young British Artists movement. Through installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, Damien Hirst explores the complex relationship between art, life, and death in his work. A world-famous artist, who was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995-rewarding a contemporary British artist under the age of 50-, he has had numerous solo shows in museums and institutions worldwide, namely, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice; Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (2017), Tate Modern; Damien Hirst (2012) and ICA; Internal Affairs (1991) in London. Emanuele Cocciais an Italian Philosopher and Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Philippe Costamagna is a French art historian, Director of Palais Fesch-Musee des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio (France). Michio Hayashi is a Japanese art historian and professor at Sophia University, Tokyo. Gilda Williams is an American professor and art historian at Goldsmiths College (Department of Arts), London. Alberto Manguel is an Argentine-Canadian anthologist, essayist, novelist, editor, and former Director of the National Library of Argentina.
Toggle between figuration and abstraction [...] They're more than
paintings of flowers. They are exuberant and life-affirming but
also excessive and messy.--Chloe Ashby "Guardian"
The show's catalogue raisonne is a monumental display of the Fondation's commitment to the show and its belief in Hirst the painter - full-colour versions of all 107 pieces feature alongside a cherry-blossom cultural anthology and four essays by critics from around the world, hitherto unconnected to Hirst, who set it within a cultural, botanic, and poetic context.--Beatrice Hodgkin "Financial Times"