First edition, signed limited edition of the first monographic publication of the work of the enfant terrible of the New British Art. Publisher's original blue faux leather boards with titles in yellow to the upper board and spine. Illustrated with 24 colour photographs and further images in black and white throughout. Two facsimile letters from Sophie Calle loosely laid in (as issued). A fine copy.
Limited to 250 copies of which this is numbered 241 and signed by Damien Hirst at the rear. The catalogue was issued on the occasion of the artist's first solo exhibition at a public gallery, held in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The show included four important new works, among them the first piece from the 'Mental Escapology' series, 'I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now' (1991). In addition there were two vitrine pieces, 'Sometimes I Avoid People' (1991) and 'The Acquired Inability to Escape' (1991), as well as Hirst's first exhibited work incorporating formaldehyde solution, 'Anaesthetics (and the Way They Affect the Mind and Body)' (1991). The catalogue includes a foreword by Iwona Blazwick, an introduction by Charles Hall and the transcript of a fictional conversation between Hirst and French artist Sophie Calle.
Stock code: 20179