Not to like the dipsy wild-card Tracey Emin, self-styled bad boys Jake and Dinos Chapman and the spectacularly vacuous Sam Taylor-Wood was simply to be out of touch.
Glass, faced particleboard, painted MDF, beech, ramin, wooden dowels, aluminium, pharmaceutical packaging, desks, office chairs, foot stools, apothecary bottles, coloured water, insect-o-cutor, medical text books, stationery, bowls, resin, honey and honeycomb This work is a room-sized installation representing a pharmacy.
The novelty eventually wore off, however, and in 2003 it closed for good – at least until now.
These works are related to his famous ‘spot’ paintings, which bear the names of pharmaceuticals as their titles.This research revealed it dated from around 1720 - 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry.The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist.Damien Hirst is set to re-open his famed Pharmacy restaurant next year as part of his recently launched Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall.The artist launched the original Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill in 1998, with backing from PR guru Matthew Freud.
There are plenty of places where the demented assault on our notions of reality he has mounted would have felt demented.