Visitors to the stand of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art expecting to see classical European sculpture will be surprised to also encounter works by Damien Hirst at TEFAF Maastricht. The fair, the world’s leading art and antiques event, takes place at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC) from 14 to 23 March 2014. Stand 165
Dino Tomasso and Damien Hirst have known each other since they were teenagers, growing up in the same area of Leeds. Having followed career paths at opposite ends of the art world spectrum – one as a celebrated cutting-edge artist and the other specialising in the Renaissance – this collaboration brings them back together. Dino said: “Here we are, two old friends from Leeds – one dealing in sculpture and the other creating it – reunited at TEFAF”.
Damien commented: “I always like to present my work in exciting and new contexts and I think showing it with older works in this way unexpectedly highlights more similarities than differences and works well for all the art on the stand, reminding us that all art starts out in life as contemporary art”. Black Sheep with Golden Horns, one of three works by Hirst on view, will take centre stage on the Tomasso Brothers’ stand. This 2009 piece is part of a series of Hirst’s Natural History works that address ideas of myth and legend, religion and reality, elevating the farmyard animals used in earlier formaldehyde sculptures through the use of opulent materials.
The Dance, 2005-2006, is a cast of conjoined calf skeletons that also relates to the artist’s fascination with natural history. The creatures that perished in life are here rendered immortal – in patinated silver. The third work, Styx, 2013, comprises entomological specimens and Hammerite paint on canvas. Begun in 2009, Hirst’s Entomology series alludes to the irony – encapsulated by the Victorian predilection for natural history display cabinets – of having to kill something in order to look at it. Hirst was initially drawn to insects because, like the butterfly, they embody the fragility of life, retaining an iridescent beauty even in death.
This is the third time that Tomasso Brothers have exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht and they look forward to welcoming collectors, curators and enthusiasts to their stand which promises to be as striking as ever.