Category Archives: Newport Street Gallery

Ashley Bickerton – Damien Hurst does it again

 

Orange Shark (2008)

Ashley Bickerton’s Ornamental Hysteria is another brilliant exhibition in Damien Hurst’s gallery in Newport Street. Like the previous exhibition of his own Jeff Koons artefacts, the exhibition extends over two floors.

Born in Barbados in 1959, he has moved around the world ending up in New York in 1982.

Flower Pot (2009)

It’s hard to choose which of his work I liked best. This sculpture of colourful flowers growing out of skulls is certainly high on my list. The texture and colour of the stone container are gorgeous. The painting behind is Red Scooter (2009) a joyous vision of a family and their dog riding a red scooter on the beach.

Canoe, shark, woman (2016)

Love this sculpture of a woman balancing on a pile of coconuts and holding another hammer-head shark .

The serene painting on the wall behind is K.T._K.T (2015).

I must go again!!

The Pharmacy Café at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

Pills and potions
Pills and potions

Most of the first floor of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery is given over to his Pharmacy Café.
At the far end there are white shelves bearing serried ranks of boxes and tubes of medical drugs – a version of his Pharmacy  installation which toured the galleries.  I find it far less interesting than the Pharmacy department at my local Boots the Chemist.

Barista SArt
Barista Art

My Latte was fine. it even had a little homunculus made by the barista, but my blueberry muffin was so full of sugar neither of us could eat it.

Most people seemed to have come in for a greasy fry-up for late breakfast.

 

Pharmacy at the Castle of Heidelberg
Pharmacy at the Castle of Heidelberg

But if you want to see a selection of fabulous old pharmacies you need to go to the Pharmacy Museum in the Castle of Heidelberg that  we visited during a Rhine River Cruise.

Incredible workmanship
Incredible workmanship

 

These are not just MDF shelves filled with loot from a local chemist. These are lovingly created hand-crafted shelves and drawers containing individually created medicaments – which may have been, but often were not,  efficacious.

Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

The Souvenir Shop
The Souvenir Shop

For me, a bisected cow preserved in formaldehyde as an art object is perverse, as is rotting meat. And it is shameful to kill thousands of butterflies to make a pretty design or capture them to hatch out and die in the Tate Gallery but I very much admire Damien Hirst’s generosity in opening his Newport Street Gallery, London SE11 6AJ, with entry free of charge.

The exhibition we went to was of part of his collection of Jeff Koons’ art. Hirst permits photography – except in the Sexually Explicit Room which contains two images of Jeff Koons at it with his porn-star wife, as well as Koons’  huge Bowl with Eggs (Pink) 1994-2009.

Balloon Monkey (Blue) 2006-2013
Balloon Monkey (Blue) 2006-2013

I find it difficult to choose which of the objects to show here – I liked them all – or almost all. Koons’ work is certainly best seen in a collection like this, rather than as a couple of examples in a general exhibition of Modern Art.

 

Balloon Monkey (Blue), a huge stainless steel finely polished structure does it for me  If you click on the image and enlarge it you can see how tiny by comparison are the humons reflected in its immaculate surface.

New roomy Toyota Family Camry 1983
New roomy Toyota Family Camry 1983