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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2014, 12:04:32 PM »

Damien Hirst - For the Love of God, 2007

Platinum, diamonds and human teeth

171 x 127 x 190 mm | 6.7 x 5 x 7.5 in

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“I just thought, ‘What can you pit against death?”[1]

‘For the Love of God’, a platinum skull set with diamonds, is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. Its raw materials define it as an artwork of unprecedented scale. The 32 platinum plates making up ‘For the Love of God’ are set with 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, weighing a massive 1,106.18 carats. The teeth inserted into the jaw are real and belong to the original skull.

The skull from which ‘For the Love of God’ was cast, was purchased from a London taxidermist and subsequently subjected to intensive bioarchaeological analysis and radiocarbon dating. This research revealed it dated from around 1720 - 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry. The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist. As he explains: “She used to say, ‘For the love of God, what are you going to do next!’”

‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.”[2]

The incorporation of the large central stone was inspired by memories of the comic ‘2000 AD’, which Hirst used to read as a child. He relates how the comic, “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful, God-like figure who controlled the universe,” Hirst explains. “It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”[3]

Alongside their dazzling brilliance and “Eucharistic” beauty, Hirst’s fascination with diamonds results partly from the mutterings and uncertainty surrounding their inherent worth. In the face of the industry’s ability to establish their irreplaceable value, it becomes necessary to question whether they are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.”[4] The cutthroat nature of the diamond industry, and the capitalist society which supports it, is central to the work’s concept. Hirst explains that the stones “bring out the best and the worst in people […] people kill for diamonds, they kill each other”.[5]

In 2010, Hirst created a second, baby diamond skull called ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ using pink diamonds.

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2014, 04:12:03 PM »

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« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2014, 04:45:28 PM »

Damien Hirst - For the Love of God, 2007

Platinum, diamonds and human teeth

171 x 127 x 190 mm | 6.7 x 5 x 7.5 in

Sculpture




“I just thought, ‘What can you pit against death?”[1]

‘For the Love of God’, a platinum skull set with diamonds, is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. Its raw materials define it as an artwork of unprecedented scale. The 32 platinum plates making up ‘For the Love of God’ are set with 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, weighing a massive 1,106.18 carats. The teeth inserted into the jaw are real and belong to the original skull.

The skull from which ‘For the Love of God’ was cast, was purchased from a London taxidermist and subsequently subjected to intensive bioarchaeological analysis and radiocarbon dating. This research revealed it dated from around 1720 - 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry. The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist. As he explains: “She used to say, ‘For the love of God, what are you going to do next!’”

‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.”[2]

The incorporation of the large central stone was inspired by memories of the comic ‘2000 AD’, which Hirst used to read as a child. He relates how the comic, “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful, God-like figure who controlled the universe,” Hirst explains. “It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”[3]

Alongside their dazzling brilliance and “Eucharistic” beauty, Hirst’s fascination with diamonds results partly from the mutterings and uncertainty surrounding their inherent worth. In the face of the industry’s ability to establish their irreplaceable value, it becomes necessary to question whether they are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.”[4] The cutthroat nature of the diamond industry, and the capitalist society which supports it, is central to the work’s concept. Hirst explains that the stones “bring out the best and the worst in people […] people kill for diamonds, they kill each other”.[5]

In 2010, Hirst created a second, baby diamond skull called ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ using pink diamonds.

http://www.damienhirst.com/for-the-love-of-god
Damien Hirst is one of my current faves. I also love Jenny Saville's paintings (she was in the Brooklyn Museum Sensation exhibit with him in 99 and I lovvvvved them both. That's when DH was doing cross sections of whole animals in tanks of formaldehyde)

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« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2014, 06:40:31 AM »

thanks for contributing, Lobs.  Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2014, 08:35:38 AM »

thanks for contributing, Lobs.  Smiley
Haha, I know this stuff better than I know bodybuilding.  I'm stoked this thread  even exists on getbig!
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« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2014, 08:56:13 AM »

Hueman, Erik Jones (HF Vol. 27 cover artist) , and Alex Yanes recollect their various artistic beginnings in “So Far, So Good”, now on view at Joseph Gross Gallery. http://hifructose.com/2014/10/11/on-view-hueman-erik-jones-and-alex-yanes-at-joseph-gross-gallery/

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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2014, 09:49:42 AM »

Hey FF, to keep it bodybuilding related, have you ever seen paintings Paul Erlandson has done? He paints a lot of FBB...






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« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2014, 12:07:25 PM »

nope, I've never seen his art before.  Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2014, 12:28:51 PM »

Catholics Force Closing of Religious Barbie Doll Exhibition

Under pressure from religious groups, an exhibition at POPA gallery in Buenos Aires featuring Barbie and Ken dolls reimagined as religious figures such as Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Buddha, and the Hindu goddess Kali has been cancelled, reports the AFP.


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« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2014, 09:40:33 AM »

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« Reply #47 on: October 15, 2014, 05:53:22 AM »

LA mural organizers Branded Arts are putting on a pop-up show to benefit the Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services on October 25 at the TCL Chinese Theater in LA. The show features some of the biggest names in new contemporary art, including Banksy, Dabs Myla (pictured), Andrew Hem and Swoon Studio. http://hifructose.com/2014/10/14/preview-branded-arts-charity-pop-up-show-at-the-tcl-chinese-theatre/


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