WORLD-CLASS ART FOR YOUR HOME
The butterfly is a recurring motif in the works of Damien Hirst, symbolizing beauty and transience. The old master of the Young British Artists recalls this imagery in his new five-part series that challenges Eurocentric historical biases. The works - Nur Jahan, Theodora, Wu Zetian, Suiko and Taytu Beytul – carry the names of former empresses of the Mughal, Byzantine, Chinese, Japanese and Ethiopian empires, respectively. The glitter-embedded silkscreen works introduce and immortalize these exalted yet often-overlooked rulers into the Western artistic canon.
Pop Art, kitsch, commercial – the iconic balloon animals of Jeff Koons have been called many things. Above all though, these world-famous sculptures are a bold tribute of the life-affirming power of art.
The artwork is an outstanding example of Takashi Murakami’s ability to reshape and reinterpret traditional Japanese art styles with a contemporary outlook. The cartoonish flowers that line the titular river lend the work a poignant and playful atmosphere, symbolizing both the beauty and transience of life.
In his Polaroids, the photographer and artist Nobuyoshi Araki captures fleeting moments of love, sexual expression and lust staged against an ever-present backdrop of mortality and existential struggle. Araki is one of the most influential Japanese photographers of all time, utilizing stark contrasts in both color and theme to span topics as diverse as fertility, existentialism and the fleeting nature of being. He is especially renowned as a chronicler of the times, whose works have shone a light on the changing sexual attitudes of his society.
Deep in the Swiss Alps, at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, lies the popular alpine holiday destination of Zermatt. Zermatt is also the title and subject of Peter Doig’s new six-part series of artworks. The artist lived in the town from 2020 to 2021, creating a sequence of paintings that captured one of his greatest passions: winter sports. The image carry Doig’s unmistakable style. Inspired by the surrounding natural beauty, as well as vintage Swiss ski resort posters, Doig combines bold colors with subtly accented backgrounds, surrounding his trademark human figures. Peter Doig is one of the most influential and recognized names in contemporary figurative art.
In the pantheon of art world greats, Ai Weiwei stands out for his masterfully outspoken social critiques. His “Study of Perspective” series helped the artist to make his name and is now recognized as a global symbol of resistance.
This artwork blurs the line between the representational and the abstract. Rather than a clear beginning or end, the painting depicts a continual flow of color, form and subject matter, inviting the viewer to find their own interpretations and narratives within the work.
Whether draping islands in pink floating fabric or wrapping landmarks like the Berlin Reichstag in swathes of cloth, the vast installments of Christo and Jean-Claude are instantly recognizable. Together, they created monumental artworks that will live long in the memory.
Marc Quinn is one of the most enduring figures of the “Young British Artists” movement, a stable of creatives who revolutionized the contemporary art world in the 1990s. His opulent floral arrangements create a sensory overload, straddling the line between art and science.