The Cure (Coral / Lemon Yellow / Turquoise)

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The Cure (coral / lemon yellow / turquoise) is a silkscreen print by contemporary Damien Hirst on Somerset Tub. Produced in 2014, Hirst depicts a two-colour pill, rendered in bright and bold colours. Hirst uses vibrant lemon yellow and turquoise for the pill, which contrasts with the vibrant coral backdrop. The colours Hirst uses are uncharacteristic and subvert expectations of what a pharmaceutical product looks like. By making a pharmaceutical product into art, Hirst blurs the boundaries between art and science in this print, demanding that we appreciate the art behind science.

The Cure (coral / lemon yellow / turquoise) is one of thirty silkscreen prints that compose Hirst’s The Cure series. In this series, devoted to and inspired by modern medicine, Hirst renders a singular pill in a combination of two colour tones against a block coloured backdrop. These bold and vibrant colours that Hirst uses throughout the series resonate with the Pop Art aesthetic popularised by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.

Hirst has a long-standing interest in medicine and pharmaceuticals. While studying Fine Arts at Goldsmiths in 1988, Hirst produced the Medicine Cabinets series. In this installation, Hirst constructed various cabinets which he filled with the empty packets of his grandmother’s medication. Hirst calls medicine a contemporary belief system, likening it to religion, as is fascinated with the way people worship pharmaceutical products and their healing abilities.

Size
28 3/10 × 20 1/10 in
72 × 51 cm