Damien Hirst’s ABC

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Put in your orders for an alphabet book that deserves status as a coffee-table book.

It may look cutesy and traditional from the cover, yet Damien Hirst’s ABC is an alphabet book with edge, beginning with ‘A is for Anatomy’.

A is for Anatomy, from ABC by Damien Hirst

British artist Damien Hirst is best known for his scientific perspective on art – dissected sheep, diamond-encrusted skulls and pickled sharks. His new book, ABC, celebrates his career, with twenty-six carefully selected images representing iconic pieces such as ‘I is for Insect’ showing a detail of one of his recent entomology paintings and the lamb in formaldehyde (from the 1994 piece, Away from the Flock) for the letter ‘L’.

Look a little closer and typography lovers will notice that each letter also represents an alphabetically led font, A is for Albertus, B is for Baskerville and so on.

Sure, Hirst’s take on the alphabet may not be everyone’s cup of tea but as Hirst noted in an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, children are rarely scared by art but instead are fascinated. Citing the example of The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living series that replicated the sort of fear you might feel on being confronted with a shark, Hirst said that kids loved it rather than being frightened by it.

Damien Hirst’s ABC is available for £15 from Other Criteria. International delivery is available.

(via The Verge)

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J is for Jaws, from ABC by Damien Hirst

L is for Lamb, from ABC by Damien Hirst

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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