Opening this weekend in the Lever House (Park Avenue and 54th Street) lobby is Damien Hirst’s latest, and quite ambitious, piece titled School: The Archaeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity, and the Search for Knowledge. The $10 million installation was purchased by the owner of Lever House, Aby Rosen, (who also owns the Seagram Building and the Gramercy Park Hotel), and the Manhattan dealer, Alberto Mugrabi.
The NYTimes describes the piece that:
- Consists of “30 dead sheep, one dead shark, two sides of beef, 300 sausages, a pair of dove.”
- And, “Submerged in a 12-foot-tall tank are two sides of beef, a chair, a chain of sausages, an umbrella and a birdcage with a dead dove. Mr. Hirst describes it as an homage to Francis Bacon’s 1946 ‘Painting’ at the Museum of Modern Art, which depicts cow carcasses suspended in a crucifix shape.”
The piece is on view through Feb. 16 in Lever House’s all-glass lobby, garnering this memorable quote from the artist:
“It’s my flock…An installation without any walls, only glass.”
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