After not visiting London for over fifteen years I went back in 2012 with one sole purpose : the first ever Damien Hirst retrospective on British soil. And boy/girl was I impressed. It was one of the most mind blowing things I have ever experienced.
You don't necessarily have to agree with the way Hirst creates his art, the billions people pay for it, his art or personality in general - and here comes a big but - BUT you have to admit he is great at making you think about art, or just giving people something to talk about and last but not least .. making you feel uncomfortable. Because that is exactly what he did to me at Tate Modern in 2012.
But hey: I won't go on and on about that because last night was a very important night for all Hirst fans in Chicago and after all that's what I am supposed to write about here.
After Hirst spray canned a shark on the walls of Soho House Berlin, he now made a painting for the recently (Aug 2014) opened Soho House Chicago. For those who are not very familiar with the Damien Hirst: butterflies play quite an important role in his work. Whether you like that fact or not. And for this work he 'simply' put butterflies on a canvas and spelled out the word 'Chicago'. Sounds simple, looks great. MCA Chicago curator Julie Rodrigues took the stage last night to talk about Hirst, his art in general and this piece in particular. I really liked the way she took on the audience and the sometimes - pardon my French - stupid questions they had. Way to go girl.
NAIL/ART - NailArt
After this interesting presentation and less interesting 'interactive' part of the evening, we moved on to meetAstrowifey, a nail artist, who focusses on ... ART! My colleague and I both got one nail done and were very, very pleased with the result. We choose a Damien Hirst theme and she just ... eh ... nailed it!
About Soho House
Soho House was founded twenty years ago in London as a private members' club for film, media and creative industry people. Now they have Houses across Europe and North America. We love the Soho House Chicago. So yes, you may consider this our membership application. Thank you!