I went to the Tate Modern with my boyfriend today to see, yes you’ve guessed it Damien Hirst. I really enjoyed my afternoon. Seeing some of the pieces such as Pharmacy, Mother and Child Devided and The Physical Possibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living was a bit like seeing old friends because I have been an avid fan of Damien Hirst for many years now. We queued up to see For The Love Of God, the flawless diamond and platinum encrusted skull produced in 2007 and this beautiful sculpture is breathtaking. Each one of the 8,601 diamonds that covered the skull sparkled and glinted leaving only the original teeth without bling. Costing £14 million to make and valued at £50 million, it has been reported that this is the most expensive piece of art ever crafted, and if nothing else you have to see this. Butterfly’s are a repetitive motif in Damien Hirst’s work especially with In and out of Love, an instillation that involved butterflies hatching from paintings and living out their natural life cycle. What I didn’t realise was that Hirst is so much more than these installations and animals in Formaldehyde, Damien Hirst is an intricate designer and this very much shows in Catherdral Print, a painting including thousands of butterfly wings. The designs are beyond comprehension, they look just like a cathedral stain glass window and it is only when you get up close to these amazing creation that you realise just how spectacular they are. Just when I thought I knew all there was to know about this artist, another dimension was thrown in. The Dove suspend in Formaldehyde boarders on both beautiful because it represents hope in death, and with its outstretched wings looks even angelic but totally wrong because the dove shouldn’t be in water. Today exceeded my expectations, the exhibhition is on until 9th September 2012. I suggest that everyone get down to the Tate Modern as soon as possible because this exhibition is really a treat.
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