For Boys and Girls, 1989 - 1992

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Data

For Boys and Girls
1989 - 1992
Diptych, each: 1219 x 1219 mm | 48 x 48 in
Butterflies and household gloss on canvas
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Context

“I have always liked that idea of something going wrong and something being created from it.”[1]

‘For Boys and Girls’ is a diptych of two equally-sized butterfly colour paintings. The pair formed part of ‘Is That Love?’ (1989 - 1991), Hirst’s first series of the paintings. Of the simplistic appeal of the colour formula, he explains: “I love the idea that you can reduce things, like girls to pink and boys to blue.”[2] A similar diptych was used in the early vitrine work ‘Still Pursuing Impossible Desires’ (1992).



[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989 – 2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 136

[2] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989 – 2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 172