Other Criteria bring two exciting new launches to Frieze Week; a lavishly illustrated career survey of the work of Ashley Bickerton, providing an unprecedented insight into the artist’s life and art and ‘Death or Glory’, a series of 30 foilblock prints from Damien Hirst.
Ashley Bickerton first rose to prominence in mid-80s New York, part of the loose collection of New York artists, including Haim Steinbach and Jeff Koons, whose work inspired the appellation “Neo-Geo”, producing vibrant abstract works infused with a sardonic critique of consumer culture. These gave way in the early 1990s to tropically derived pieces redolent of concern for the natural environment.
Throughout this eclectic monograph, the artist’s own commentary is interwoven with text from additional contributors, including essays by fellow artist Jake Chapman, novelist Nick McDonell, art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau, curator Dominic Molon, and the artist’s father, the noted linguist-anthropologist Derek Bickerton.
This book, designed by Stefan Sagmeister in close collaboration with the artist, is a striking work of art in its own right, featuring a fold-out poster, die-cut pages, and more than 300 colour illustrations.
Damien Hirst is today set to present a series of 30 foil block prints titled “Death or Glory” in association with Hirst’s own London-based publisher Other Criteria. The skull imagery is made up of two color foil blocks on 300gsm Arches 88 Archival Paper, as each of these 72cm x 51cm works will also be signed and exclusively numbered.