Nothing Matters

25 November 2009 – 30 January 2010
Solo Exhibition. White Cube, Hoxton Square and Mason Yard , London, United Kingdom.

‘Nothing Matters’ followed a previous exhibition of the oil on canvas paintings held at the Wallace Collection (‘No Love Lost’, 2009). Hirst explained of the paintings, a departure from his preference for employing studio assistants, “I think it’s all about trying to make sense of the world.”[1] Alongside major triptychs such as ‘The Crow’ (2009), a collection of paintings made on newspaper were exhibited. Hirst explains their fabrication process: “When I’m painting, say, a skull, I press newspaper onto the wet surface to make it dry quicker; to lift odd excess paint ... I’d chucked them on the floor, but then I realised I liked them in their own right.”[2]

On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue was published containing a conversation with Gordon Burn and a text by Rudi Fuchs (Other Criteria/White Cube, 2010).

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Gordon Burn, ‘Interview’, ‘Nothing Matters’ (Other Criteria/White Cube, 2009), 12

[2] ibid.,16