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Damien Hirst

Gold Tears, 2012
Inkjet print, glaze, and foil block
Edition of 55
86,5 x 71 cm (34 x 27.9 in.)
Signed and numbered
In excellent condition
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Gold Tears is part of the "Utopia" series and together with other Hirst's prints forms a theme for Hirst's ongoing exploration of the role of science and religion in human life. The works from "Utopia" series represent the human pursuit of the ideal and expose the intrinsic flaws of the nature of this pursuit.

"It’s like God should be, the way they sell you the pills, the forms, the utopia, the hope, the cure. We’ve come a long way since quack doctors."—Damien Hirst

This work depicts rows of shiny diamonds on golden foil covered shelves in front of a golden-beige background, making the image of a blazing vision of golden light, a symbol for the glorious eternity diamonds are so often associated with. But as always in Hirst’s art, the ambiguity is obvious. As much as diamonds stand both for eternity and for a melancholic realization that loss is always a part of eternity, Hirst’s artwork points to the fact that behind all the shiny glittery surfaces there might be nothing, no meaning, and no soul. And hence all eternity is less a promise rather than a condemnation.