Damien Hirst: ‘Forgiving and Forgetting’

Until April 16th, Damien Hirst unveils works never shown before in the United States from his series, Forgiving and Forgetting at Gagosian in Chelsea, New York. The shipwrecked Disney sculptures include icons Goofy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Originally from Hirst’s monumental project, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, the series “presents sculptural relics from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, playing fast and loose with linear time, cultural origin, and perceptions of relative status and value.”

A sort of imagination of globally exported American culture via the story of Atlantis or Alexandria, where ancient relics are still being discovered, the works bring into question the rise and fall of civilizations, idolatry, and figures that define our culture, much like the gods did for ancient Greece. In fact, the sculptures are “carved from pink Portuguese marble and white Carrara marble, immortalizing each figure in one of the most storied materials in Western art history.”

Juxtaposed to these sculptures are Hirst’s latest series, the Reverence Paintings. Recalling Hirst’s famous dot paintings and Dan Colen’s chewing gum works, this series seeks to “add both perspectival grounding and visual haze to each composition.”

Explore a selection of the works below, courtesy of Damien Hirst and Gagosian Gallery.

Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting
January 20 – April 16
Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York

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Images: © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022 Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Courtesy Gagosian

Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2016, detail
Pink marble
49 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 126 x 50 x 63 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view
Damien Hirst
Mickey, 2016 Bronze
35 3/4 x 28 x 24 in 90.9 x 71.1 x 61 cm
Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2016
Pink marble
49 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 126 x 50 x 63 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Prayer, 2020
Damien Hirst
Prayer, 2020, detail Oil and gold leaf on 108 x 72 in
274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Minnie, 2020, detail Pink marble
Damien Hirst
Minnie, 2020, detail Pink marble
39.6 x 22.8 x 22.8 in 100.5 x 58 x 58 cm Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Prayer, 2020
Damien Hirst
Prayer, 2020
Oil and gold leaf on
108 x 72 in 274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2017, detail Carrara marble
Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2017, detail Carrara marble
49 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 126 x 50 x 63 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2017
Carrara marble
49 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 126 x 50 x 63 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view
Damien Hirst
Mickey, 2017 Carrara marble
37 3/4 x 22 x 22 in 96 x 56 x 56 cm Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view
Damien Hirst
Lord, 2020, detail
Oil and gold leaf on canvas 108 x 72 in
274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst View detail Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view
Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view
Damien Hirst
Altar, 2020, detail Oil and gold leaf on
108 x 72 in 274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Goofy, 2016
Pink marble
49 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 126 x 50 x 63 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Altar, 2020
Oil and gold leaf on
108 x 72 in 274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Light, 2020
Oil and gold leaf on 108 x 72 in
274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Light, 2020, detil Oil and gold leaf on
108 x 72 in 274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Minnie, 2020
Pink marble
39.6 x 22.8 x 22.8 in 100.5 x 58 x 58 cm Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Damien Hirst
Lord, 2020
Oil and gold leaf on canvas
108 x 72 in 274.3 x 182.9 cm
Damien Hirst
Forgiving and Forgetting, 2022, installation view

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