Plans have been unveiled for British artist Damien Hirst’s huge street-length gallery space on Newport Street in Lambeth, London. Due to open in 2015, the space will house Hirst’s personal 2,000-piece art collection, which features works by Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Banksy, as well as an office space for Hirst (who currently has a studio on the same street). Speaking in an interview to The Observer back in 2012, Hirst said that the building would be his version of Saatchi Gallery. “It’s a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates,” he added.
Caruso St John Architects, the team behind the Tate Modern, will be renovating three listed warehouses on the street and adding two more structures to create the full gallery, which is aptly named Newport Street Gallery. The space is due to open in May 2015.
On July 23rd the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its inaugural charity gala in St. Tropez, at the winery Domaine Bertaud Belieu. The auction, which was conducted by Simon de Pury, succeeded in raising over $25 million for the Foundation’s environmental causes.
Hirst’s ‘Golden Myth’ (2014), a gilded bronze unicorn on a golden plinth, with an anatomical cross-section revealing the taught sinews and musculature of a horse raised €4.5 million, and was included alongside a piece by Picasso which raised $1 million.
Standing at over three and a half metres in height, the work continues Hirst’s enduring investigation into the relationships between art, religion and science. Similarly to the iconic ‘The Golden Calf’ (2008) and the gilded mammoth ‘Gone but not Forgotten’ (2014), ‘Golden Myth’ is an example of Hirst’s use of elements of the mythical or spiritual to explore the more unfathomable realities of life, or as he describes it: ‘exploding the myth, to make something real’.
-via damienhirst.com and huhmagazine.co.uk