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Vice President | American & European Works of Art
Damien Hirst (born 1965)
screenprint in colors with diamond dust on heavy paper, signed 'DamienHirst' in pencil l.r., inscribed 'A.P.' in pencil l.l. (there was also an edition of 50), with the blindstamp of the artist, published by Other Criteria, London, framed.
51 1/2 x 49 1/4 in. (130.8 x 125.1 cm)
sheet 59 3/4 x 58 3/4 in. (151.8 x 149.2 cm)
Some of Hirst's works are visceral and controversial, especially his conceptual installations employing various animal carcasses such as sheep, cows, and sharks. Butterflies – both living and dead – began appearing in Hirst's work with his 1991 installation In and Out of Love. To the artist (and like many before him), the short life cycle of butterflies from caterpillar to cocoon and metamorphosis to flight and death symbolizes death and resurrection. Even after death, the glorious colors of a butterfly's wings are vivid and alive. Furthermore, each butterfly's patterns are distinctly unique, as is every human. And few of us can watch the gentle flight of a butterfly without feeling a sense of tranquility and wonder at their beauty. Here Hirst encloses images of butterflies within a giant red heart studded with diamond dust. Far from incendiary or controversial, All You Need is Love Love Love is a joyous descendant of Pop Art. While the composition and symbolism are purely Hirst, the image conjures thoughts of Andy Warhol and Jim Dine.