With the Frieze 2019 art fair arriving in coming to London in early October, the galleries pulled out all the stops.
The White Cube in St James’s was awash with thousands of butterfly wings in every colour imaginable, in Damien Hirst’s first major London exhibition for 7 years, ‘Mandalas’, building on his previous works ‘Kaleidoscope’.
Putting aside the fact that there is something sinister about the basic material (though we are assured these buttery wings are all sensitively and properly obtained), the immense works shown were quite beautiful with the delicacy of lace or medieval stained glass rose windows.
Hirst associates butterflies with death and says his art, while focussing on death, is a celebration of the preceding life. The brilliant colours and patterns of these works celebrated life and perhaps also life and rebirth after death.