Damien Hirst Legend (2011) and Myth (2010), via The Guardian
Damien Hirst has moved on to dissecting mythical creatures in his most recent public showing at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, UK, part of a Sotheby’s selling exhibition of monumental sculpture. From Legend, the winged horse with exposed bones and muscles, to Myth, a partially skinned unicorn, Hirst continues his exploration of anatomy, as well as “the relationship between science and religion,” (The Guardian). “It’s kind of like exploding a myth to make it real,” Hirst explains.
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Damien Hirst, Myth (2011), via Parwich.org
Maintaining the extravagance he is known for, Hirst’s bold colored creatures are displayed prominently on brilliant white pedestals on the lawn of the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Hirst explains that he is moving on from the ultra-realism of formaldehyde animals to a theme of mythical creatures. “I like the way that even by showing these creatures’ insides they still feel majestic and hopeful, so they seem more real and not just creatures from fantasy. Maybe they can even help us in the real world,” he says.
The sculptures in the Sotheby’s sale range from the 1930s to the present, and include work by Marc Quinn, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Barry Flanagan, and Lynn Chadwick. They will remain on display at Chatsworth House until 30 October.
Damien Hirst in Tate Britain with Mother and Child Divided (2007), via Artknowledgenews
Damien Hirst, Legend (2011) and Myth (2010), via Daylife