Probably one of the most controversial contemporary artists around, Damien Hirst has been chastised, patronized and criticized for his artworks which have helped earned him the title of ‘Britain’s Richest Living Artist.’
His seemingly mundane and obvious pieces will be the subject of a children’s book entitled Damien Hirst's ABC. According to PAPER MAG, the book will ‘match each letter to a piece of Hirst's artwork.’ (PAPER MAG) Next to each photograph of Hirst’s works, will be a letter and a word to match the photograph. Call it shameless self-promotion, but Hirst’s children’s book is quite clever and there’s no denying its visual appeal to both children and adults.
Though, one does wonder about the connotations, possibly negative, the innocent piece of literature could have on an impressionable and curious mind. The images are haunting, even for someone older, and the public will undoubtedly question Hirst’s motives but, according to Hirst,
“[He] was brought up Catholic, and...felt the power of art from a very young age – seeing the brutality of all those images of flayed apostles and tortured saints was a pretty strong introduction.” (THE GUARDIAN)
So I guess a photograph of a dead lamb in formaldehyde is the equivalent to a pretty painting of puppies in Hirst’s world? Who knows...
The book is also said to relate to the reader Hirst’s interest in typography with ‘A’ representing albertus and ‘B’ for baskerville etc.
Damien Hirst’s ABC will be released on October 15.