Weng Contemporary


Ho, Ho, Ho!-Damien Hirst-1

Since Damien Hirst first came to public attention in 1988, when he conceived and curated the exhibition Freeze, he has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. Among his most famous and groundbreaking works areThe Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), Mother and Child Divided (1993) and For the Love of God (2007). In addition to these installations and sculptures, his Spot and Butterfly Paintings have become universally recognized. Spots are a signature feature within the artist's ouevre: existing in the majority of cultures, Hirst has used this basic geometric form as the focus of his work to infinite variation. The present work offers a different interpretation of this theme: designed in 1997, Ho, Ho, Ho! (Christmas Greetings from Momart and Damien Hirst) is a Christmas Card consisting of a clear boxed perspex paperweight decorated with a screenprinted pattern of white dots. The dots remind us of Hirst's celebrated Spot paintings and prints, but here the use of white suggests the falling of snow, recalling a frozen minimalist snow dome. Indeed, this perspex "spot sculpture" was created for Momart, the British fine art handling company, which every year commissions an artist to design the corporate Christmas greeting which it sends to customers and contacts in the art world in place of a traditional greeting card. Ho, Ho, Ho! was issued as an edition of 1700 and comes signed in white crayon by Damien Hirst.

“ The spot paintings are definitely Conceptual art. There’s an optimism to them which is amazing. They never look tired. „

Damien Hirst