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See Damien Hirst’s shark during Frieze Week.

Everyone knows (or should know) that Damien Hirst will be burning thousands of artworks during Frieze Week as part of his Currency art series but did you know you can also see some of his most iconic artwork during Frieze as well?

Damien Hirst, Death Denied , 2008, Installation view Natural History 2022 Photo Daniel Barnes-Bineid

Damien has taken over Gagosian’s gallery in Kings Cross for the rest of this year and at the moment there is an exhibition of some of Damien’s most iconic works.

Natural History, is the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst’s groundbreaking works employing formaldehyde. The exhibition—part of Hirst’s takeover of the Britannia Street gallery features more than twenty of the most iconic examples, dating from 1991 to 2021.

Ever since he first exploded into the public consciousness in 1991 with The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a fourteen-foot tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, Hirst has used the naturally occurring compound in many of his best-known works. Embodying his ongoing drive to bridge the gap between art and science, the Natural History series includes a variety of preserved animals, such as sheep, doves, a zebra, and even a “unicorn”—some of which are bisected, sliced into cross sections, or flayed. This exhibition, which features works spanning a thirty-year period, gathers many of these works together for the first time.

DAMIEN HIRST, Natural History, Gagosian,Britannia Street, London

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