Damien Hirst – Anarchy: Eat the Rich Series

Damien Hirst - Eat the Rich Series: Anarchy

Anarchy – Eat the Rich Series
Damien Hirst

Unframed dimensions: 1016 x 762 mm (40 x 30 inches)
Framed dimensions: 1066 x 812 mm (42 x 32 inches)
Frame: Wooden with glass card and backing
Silkscreen print
Edition of 150
Signed and numbered
Published by Other Criteria

‘Eat the Rich’ is a new series of twelve screenprints that depicts pharmaceutical packaging in which the tablet’s brand name has been replaced by a word implying violence or force. The series expands upon Hirst’s long-standing interest in the aesthetics of pharmaceutical packaging, which first manifested in his early ‘Medicine Cabinets’ series. Similar to the thirteen-part ‘Last Supper’ screenprints, ‘Eat the Rich’ illustrates the artist’s “obsession with the body”(1) and the medical industry attached to it, in which confidence is exuded through minimalist designs that perpetuate “the modernist fantasy […] that everyone and everything can be cured.”(2)

1) Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 25
2) Ibid., 210

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