Conner Contemporary Art announces the Washington, DC premier of The Last Supper by British art sensation and media icon Damien Hirst. The Last Supper is a series of 13 screenprints inspired by Hirst’s critically acclaimed Pharmaceutical series. Each print measures 60 x 40 inches and is hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

 

The Last Supper occupies an important place in the development of Hirst’s canon. Devoid of figural imagery, the works consist of boldly designed pharmaceutical packages crisply labeled with the names of food, prescription drugs and the artist’s personal insignia. The series is printed in a handsome array of trademark colors made famous in his early Spot Paintings and in its thematic content stems from his more recent Medicine Cabinet sculptures. The Last Supper exerts the conceptual power of Hirst’s notorious encased animal cadavers without posing any public health risk. In this series the artist confronts the viewer with characteristically provocative questions of life, death and the existence of God.

 

There will be an opening night reception Saturday, September 23rd from 6-8pm at Conner Contemporary Art + Gallery.  The Last Supper is presented with a critical essay  “Damien Hirst: Savior or Iconoclast?” written by Jamie L. Smith.

 

Conner Contemporary Art is located in Dupont Circle - 1730 Connecticut Avenue, NW – 2nd Floor, Washington, DC - 20009.