Damien Hirst 2007
For the Love of God – The Making of The Diamond Skull

Published by Other Criteria / White Cube
Hardback with French folded jacket and a pop up image
24,5 x 17,0 cm
80 pages
68 colour illustrations

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This book is a creative guide to the making of arguably the most extraordinary art object to be made in the 21st century. Published to accompany the 2007 exhibition ‘Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief’ at White Cube, it gives a engaging pictorial insight into how Hirst’s diamond skull piece, ‘For the Love of God’ was conceived and produced.

Illustrated with candid behind-the-scenes photographs by Johnnie Shand Kydd, the book includes a number of preparatory drawings by Damien Hirst and a fold out image of the diamond skull. Accompanying this is an essay by the art historian Rudi Fuchs, who writes “The skull is out of this world, celestial almost. I tend to see it as a glorious intense victory over death”. A number of leading experts in the fields of archaeology and dentistry have also contributed detailed studies on the diamond skull, including analyses of its age and ancestry.

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