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THE COMPLETE PSALM PAINTINGS: DAMIEN HIRST. Other Criteria, London, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 324 pp. with 159 ills. (155 col.) and 150 col. reference ills. 27 x 23 cm. ISBN 9781906967680 In English.
Publisher's description: This beautifully illustrated book constitutes a comprehensive survey of Damien Hirst's Psalm paintings. The 150 works in the series are made up of iridescent butterfly wings and paint on canvas, which combine to form kaleidoscopic patterns reminiscent of Gothic stained glass windows. Dating from 2008, the paintings address some of Hirst's most enduring and important themes: beauty, art, belief, life and death. Each of the fully illustrated paintings is accompanied by the Old Testament prayer from which its title is derived, the text rendered on images of individually selected marble samples. Also included is a complete list of works, and essays by art writers Michael Bracewell and Amie Corry. In his essay, Bracewell writes: "The Psalm paintings can't help but bring together, in literal form, such fundamental concepts as beauty, and power over death through prayer and belief, while simultaneously seeming to propose solely their own--albeit spectacular--abstraction.
Artist(s):Hirst, Damien
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-2000 — Mixed Media/Collage, Painting
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 167728
Hardcover $120.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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