Stellan Holm Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition: Hirst and Calder, which will feature a selection of Damien Hirst spot paintings and Alexander Calder sculptures. The exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Damien Hirst (b. June 7, 1965) lives and works in Devon and London, U.K. His spot painting series are amongst Hirst’s most widely recognized works. Of the thirteen sub-series within the spots category, the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings are the first and most prolific. There are over 1000 in existence, dating from 1986 to 2011. In 2012, Gagosian Gallery exhibited over 300 spot paintings across eleven gallery spaces worldwide. Hirst first gained public recognition after curating and exhibiting work in the exhibition "Freeze" at Goldsmiths College in 1988. Hirst was included in the 1992 Young British Artists exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London and in 1995 he won the Turner Prize. Solo exhibitions of Hirst’s work have been held at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples (2004), Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008), Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2009), The Wallace Collection, London (2009–10), the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco (2010), the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Florence (2010) and Tate Modern, London (2012).
Alexander Calder (American, born July 22, 1898–died November 11, 1976) is considered one of the most celebrated sculptors of the 20th century. His innovative sculptural techniques changed the course of Modern Art. He is most well known for his invention of the mobile in the 1930's and for his influence in the advances in kinetic art. During his career as well as after his death, he has had several retrospectives, and, in addition to many other awards, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1976. He died that same year, at 78 years old.