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Damien Hirst
B.1965
VIRGIN (EXPOSED)
signed and numbered 5/15 on the base
acrylic on resin
overall (including base): 61 by 29.3 by 13.3cm.; 24 by 11 1/2 by 5 1/4 in.
Executed in 2005, this work is number 5 from an edition of 15.
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Provenance

José Mugrabi, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"Hirst's sculpture re-establishes the unity and integrity of the body, through the simplicity of its mechanics and at the same time the complexity of its maintenance and its existential considerations...Hirst subverts the humanism and allegorical anthropomorphism of traditional sculpture, indicating and recalling with surgical precision what occurs continually and without knowing, within our body, exposed and in turn heedless to the ravages of history: cells that multiply and die, blood that flows, glands that secrete, lungs that exhale and inhale air, the liver that filters the spoils of the everyday hunt, white corpuscles that attack infection. All this occurs parallel to, and in the absence of, any respite from what is going on outside us and despite us. But at the same time, in an increasingly accelerated, technological, virtual, robotized world, anatomical exposition re-solidifies reality around the verification of the senses, around error, around the degenerative aspect of the body. And, as in all of Hirst's work, it conveys, mirrors, and excavates life's tortuous journey between fear and desire."
(Mario Codognato in Exhibition Catalogue, Naples, Museo Archelogico Nazionale Napoli, Damien Hirst, 2005, p. 46)

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