Medicine Cabinets

28 October 2010 – 20 November 2010
Solo Exhibition. L&M Arts, New York, United States.

Photographed by Tom Powel Imaging Inc., courtesy of L & M Arts © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

The exhibition included twelve ‘Medicine Cabinets’ from Hirst’s earliest collection of the works, each named after tracks from the 1977 album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. They were shown at L&M Gallery accompanied by a collection of band memorabilia. The series includes the four cabinets Hirst showed at his Goldsmiths degree show in 1989: ‘Bodies’, ‘Liar’, ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’ (1989). On the relevance of the titling, Hirst explains: “I like it when there is more than one way of saying something, like songs on an album – I made twelve cabinets, one for every song on the album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’. They all make great titles for ‘Medicine Cabinets’: Bodies, Problems, Liars, No Feelings. I shortened some of the titles so Anarchy in the UK became 'Anarchy'.”[1]

A separate quadtych of cabinets entitled ‘The Sex Pistols’ was also displayed, exhibited for the first time since its construction in 1996-1997. 

‘The Complete Medicine Cabinets’, a catalogue raisonné of the series, was published on the occasion of the exhibition (Other Criteria/L & M Arts, 2010). The book includes a text by the art critic Arthur Danto and writer James Frey, and Damien Hirst interviewed by The Sex Pistol’s guitarist Steve Jones.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘The Complete Medicine Cabinets’ (Other Criteria/L & M Gallery, 2010), 69