For the Love of God - The Making of the Diamond Skull

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Damien Hirst & Jason Beard

This book is a creative guide to the making of arguably the most extraordinary art object to be made in the 21st century. Published to accompany the 2007 exhibition Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief at White Cube, London, it gives a fascinating pictorial insight into how Hirst's diamond skull piece For the Love of God was conceived and produced. Illustrated with candid behind-the-scenes photographs by Johnnie Shand Kydd, the book includes a number of preparatory drawings by Damien Hirst and a fold out image of the diamond skull.

Accompanying this is an essay by the art historian Rudi Fuchs, who writes: The skull is out of this world, celestial almost. I tend to see it as a glorious intense victory over death. A number of leading experts in the fields of archaeology and dentistry have also contributed detailed studies on the diamond skull, including analyses of its age and ancestry.

• 251 mm × 172 mm
• 78 pages
• Date of Publication: 2009