Loving in a World of Desire, 1996



Loving in a World of Desire
745 x 2495 x 2495 mm | 29.3 x 98.2 x 98.2 in
Painted MDF, steel, air blower and beach ball
Image: Photographed by Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Solo Exhibition - 2012
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Group Exhibition - 2011
Prada Foundation, Venice, Italy
Solo Exhibition - 2010
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Solo Exhibition - 1996
Gagosian Gallery, Wooster Street, New York, United States


 “It is just something precarious and unobtainable, like truth, which is floating there.”[1]

‘Loving in a World of Desire’, a work in the ‘Mental Escapology’ series, was first exhibited at, ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’, at Gagosian Gallery, New York in 1996. The piece is about “how love becomes problematic when faced with the corruption of the flesh and the idea of creating a world of desire that you meet in advertising – which makes things difficult.”[2] 

In its geometric formula – the round ball floating above a squared base – and the seductive simplicity of its colour palette, Hirst explains, “it is a very similar thing to a spot painting. It is all about seduction, really.”[3]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘An Interview with Damien Hirst’, Stuart Morgan, ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’ (Gagosian Gallery, 1996), 15

[2] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Interview with Carl Freedman’ ‘Minky Manky’, (South London Gallery, 1995)

[3] 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), 160