Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture International

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

You’ve got just three days left to experience Damien Hirst's contributions to Yorkshire Sculpture International at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield. Here’s why you should visit before 29 September…

 

Damien Hirst returned to the area where he grew up and went to art college with seven sculptural installations across Leeds and the Yorkshire countryside this summer. At Yorkshire Sculpture Park, four sculptures have been placed in the newly revived 18th-century Deer Park to join the grazing sheep.

 

Visitors can find Hirst’s 10-metre tall The Virgin Mother, 2005–2006 against the backdrop of the Lower Lake, echoing the stance of Degas’s Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (c.1881). The sculpture’s cross-section reveals the foetus curled within the womb.

 

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Damien Hirst, The Virgin Mother, 2005-6. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019

 

Charity, 2002–2003, on display near the recently opened Weston building, questions historic and outdated ways of depicting disability and seeking charity and is based on Scope collection boxes that were commonly seen on British high streets between the 1960s and 1970s. 

 

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Damien Hirst, Charity, 2002-3. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019 

 

Building on his practice of taking religious or mythical figures as his subjects, unpicking and disrupting their familiar narratives, Hirst presents Myth, 2019 outside the Weston. It comprises a white unicorn with half of its skin flayed to reveal vibrant red, pink and yellow musculature and tissues and stands high on a classical plinth.

 

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Damien Hirst, Myth, 2010. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019

 

The Hat Makes the Man, 2004–2007 concludes his works here and is based on a 1920 collage of the same name by Surrealist artist Max Ernst. Displayed back towards the Lower Lake, Hirst renders Ernst’s work in three dimensions, using bronze casts of wooden pallets as supports and introducing the idea of sculptural collage or assemblage, as well as playing with the grandeur associated with bronze.

 

 Damien Hirst The Hat Makes The Man 2004 7 Photographed By Prudence Cuming Associates Damien Hirst And Science Ltd All Rights Reserved Dacs 2019

Damien Hirst, The Hat Makes the Man, 2004-7. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019