Friday, 20 April 2012

Damien Hirst - Love of God

In June 2007, Beyond Belief, an exhibition of Hirst's new work, opened at the white cube gallery in London. The centre-piece, a Memento Mori titled For the Love of God, was a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with 8,601 diamonds weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. Approximately £15,000,000 worth of diamonds were used. It was modelled on an 18th century skull, but the only surviving human part of the original is the teeth. The asking price for For the Love of God was £50,000,000. It didn't sell outright, and on 30 August 2008 was sold to a consortium that included Hirst himself and his gallery White Cube.
I love this piece so much is so glamourous but has a very dark side to it as it is a real skull but made to look so beautiful. Alot of this piece of arts publicity is from the amount of money it took to make it and how much the value has gone up from it being Damiens work. I love how controversial it is but it just looks amazing. I would rather own this than any piece of jewelery. I watched a documentary on Damien Hurst showing Noel Fielding around the Tate Modern gallery to show the exhibition of all his most fanous work. This one of many stood out to me the most, it doesnt even compare to the preserved animals or the butterfly dens. This has its own personality and its done so simply. It reminds me of greed and wealth. Each very sinister.

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