Damien Hirst’s arts publishing company, Other Criteria, mounts a pop-up at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton.
Over two days in September 2008, 244 art items— including a tiger shark, zebra, and unicorn preserved in formaldehyde—sold for about $200 million at Sotheby’s London. For the first time in art auction history, a single artist, Damien Hirst, bypassed his established dealers to sell new work directly to the public, beating Sotheby’s previous record for a singleartist auction (Picasso, in 1993) by tenfold.
While Hirst is known for pushing boundaries, it’s his more erudite pursuits that will be on display at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller’s East Hampton gallery from July 23 to 27. Other Criteria, Hirst’s Britishbased arts publishing company, will exhibit a series of rare books paired with prints, most of which are showing for the first time in the US.
Established in the late 1990s, when Hirst set out to release a co-edition for his work The Last Supper, Other Criteria has since produced artist-designed goods of every variety—jewelry, home accessories, and limited-edition pieces. At its Glenn Horowitz pop-up, prints by artists like Harland Miller, Ashley Bickerton, Richard Prince, and Michael Joo will be paired with out-of-print books of the artists’ choosing. “We are taking an academic approach to the pop-up,” says Jason Beard, the company’s creative director. “The books will recontextualize the artworks in a thoughtful way.”
Artist John Isaac’s choice, Shrimpy: A Record Roundthe-World Voyage in an 18 Foot Yacht by Shane Acton (PSL, 1981), will be presented with Isaac’s mixedmedia sculptures inspired by the buoyancy of a life preserver, while Rachel Howard’s selection, The Death Notebooks by Anne Sexton (Houghton Mifflin, 1974), will accompany ink drawings that reflect the beauty of the tragedy expressed in Sexton’s poems. “Digital displays will allow visitors to ‘flip through’ these rare books,” adds Beard. Also available for purchase is a signed copy of Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, a book that catalogs the entire collection of works exhibited at Hirst’s record-breaking Sotheby’s auction.
The highlight of the pop-up is sure to be Hirst’s book of selected drawings, From the Cradle to the Grave. The publication reproduces more than 300 pieces from the artist’s first-ever exhibition of drawings, at the 25th Biennale in 2003, which included preparatory sketches for paintings and sculptures, and gifted pieces lent by close friends. The reason for the $20,800 price tag? “An original drawing is bound into the book,” reveals Beard. 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-5511; glennhorowitz.com