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Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms


72 €

“The Cherry Blossoms are about beauty and life and death. They’re extreme–there’s something almost tacky about them. Like Jackson Pollock twisted by love. They’re decorative but taken from nature. They’re about desire and how we process the things around us and what we turn them into, but also about the insane visual transience of beauty–a tree in full crazy blossom against a clear sky.”— Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst devoted two years, in 2018 and 2019, to creating the 107 imposing paintings that comprise the Cherry Blossoms series. In his London studio, he combined thick brushstrokes and elements of gestural painting, referencing Impressionism, Pointillism, and Action Painting.

Published for the exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (presented from July 6, 2021 to January 2, 2022), this book brings together all of the Cherry Blossoms through 250 color reproductions and numerous details, 18 foldouts, and contributions from Emanuele Coccia, Philippe Costamagna, Michio Hayashi, and Gilda Williams. An anthology of texts collected by Alberto Manguel offers a literary exploration of the theme of cherries and cherry blossoms. This catalogue raisonné of the series is an ode to painting, an immersion in this extraordinary work.

Editor Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Languages French and English versions

Hardback, 26 × 36.5 cm, 414 pages
250 color reproductions

Design Atelier Dyakova
ISBN 978-2-86925-158-8
Release June 2021

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984, he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College from 1986 to 1989. In 1988, he conceived and curated a group exhibition of Goldsmiths students, titled Freeze, which marked the beginning of his career through the birth of the Young British Artists movement. Through installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, he explores the complex relationship between art, life, and death. Internationally renowned, his works have been exhibited in museums and institutions worldwide, notably the Tate Modern in London (2012), as well as the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice (2017).


Emanuele Coccia

Italian philosopher Emanuele Coccia has been an associate professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) since 2011. He initially studied agronomy before focusing on philosophy and philology. After receiving his PhD in Florence in 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the universities of Tokyo (2009), Buenos Aires (2010), and Düsseldorf (2013–2014), then Columbia (2015–2016) and Harvard (2022). He is the author of Sensible Life: A Micro-Ontology of the Image (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture and Metamorphoses (Medford: Polity, 2019 and 2021), as well as Philosophie de la maison (Paris: Rivages, 2021).


Philippe Costamagna

French art historian, Director of Palais Fesch–Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio (France).

Philippe Costamagna is a specialist of Italian painting and Florentine Renaissance. He has recently published The Eye (New York: New Vessel Press, 2018), an essay that lifts the veil on the rarified world of connoisseurs devoted to the authentication and discovery of Old Master artworks.


Michio Hayashi

Japanese art historian, professor at Sophia University, Tokyo.

His research focuses on modern and contemporary art history, visual culture, aesthetic theory and criticism. He is the author of Painting Dies Twice, or Never, a set of 7 volumes, each dedicated to one painter (Tokyo: Art Trace, 2003-2007).

Alberto Manguel

Argentine-Canadian anthologist, essayist, novelist, editor, former Director of the National Library of Argentina and Director of the Center for the Study of the History of Reading (CEHL), Lisbon. Alberto Manguel is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (1980), A History of Reading (1996). For over twenty years, he has edited a number of literary anthologies on a variety of themes and genres.


Gilda Williams

American professor and art historian at Goldsmiths College (Department of Arts), London. She was Editor and Commissioning Editor for Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press (1994-2005, where she commissioned the “Contemporary Artists” monographs, “Themes and Movements” series of anthologies, and other books including Salon to Biennale: Exhibitions that Made Art History (2008).