Gagosian has handed the reins of its space in London’s Britannia Street to Damien Hirst for a 12 months reports the FT.
Damien Hirst plans in-depth shows of different types of work, starting with his lesser-known, hyper-realistic “Fact” series of paintings and sculptures.
The works span from 2005 to 2019 and many are on loan, rather than for sale. These include a 2008 painting from the collection of the painter and Young British Artist tutor Michael Craig-Martin that shows him holding Hirst’s infamous diamond-encrusted skull. Other works on show will be a 2009 large-scale painting of a butterfly on purple grapes, recreated shelves of Persil washing products from 2015 and a more recent painting that shows the 2019 fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. The exhibition is being installed this week, but its exact opening date will depend on when the UK government eases lockdown restrictions.
Normally, a gallery would rotate its artists every six weeks.
“We need to do things differently at an altered time. It’s a definite takeover,”
Gagosian has announced the representation of Rick Lowe. Lowe’s numerous collaborative projects, undertaken in the spirit and tradition of “social sculpture,” are paired with an extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and installation. Working closely with individuals and communities, he has identified myriad ways to exercise creativity in the context of everyday activities, harnessing it to explore concerns around equity and justice.