Last night Gagosian Gallery hosted the opening of Damien Hirst’s latest work entitled End of an Era. His diamond world was star studded with icons in all genres of culture, from art to music to film to sports.
At moments it was hard to gauge whether the bright lights were reflections of his entire diamond lined wall or if it was just the camera flashes trying to capture a Mick Jagger or Terry Richardson (to name a few) moment…
Though everything felt so surreal I was modestly enamored by the photo realistic paintings of the diamonds. It was hard to believe that it was a painting or even a photograph because of the realistic reflections that seemed to be cast from the light in the room.
“The exhibition takes its title from the central sculpture in the exhibition, a severed bull’s head with golden horns and crowned with a solid gold disc. Suspended in formaldehyde and encased in a golden vitrine, this totemic sculpture acts as a powerful coda to The Golden Calf (2008). End of an Era proffers a sacrificial head, here dismembered from the majestic body of the earlier sculpture. While The Golden Calf symbolized the worshipping of a false idol, with End of an Era (2009) Hirst demystifies the biblical tale and, by extension, debunks his own myth-making,” quoted from press release.
“Judgement Day (2009) a thirty-foot long gold cabinet filled with close to 30,000 manufactured diamonds. A series of photorealist paintings of famous diamonds including The Golden Jubilee (2008) The Agra (2006) and The Premiere Rose (2006) are shown together here for the first time.”
End of an Era
January 30 – March 6, 2010
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
T. 212.744.2313 F. 212.772.7962
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6