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Paris 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, stainless steel studs, safety pins, champagne caps and wire, tourist souvenirs, French francs, condoms and gloss paint on canvas 96 x 144 in. (243.8 x 365.8 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Black Scalpel Cityscapes by Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst new paintings, Black Scalpel Cityscapes, are displayed at the White Cube São Paolo. The paintings are made up of surgical instruments combined to create bird’s-eye views of urbanized areas from around the world.

Through his ‘Black Scalpel Cityscapes’ Hirst investigates the realities of modern life like surveillance, urbanization, globalization and the virtual nature of conflicts.

The Black Scalpel Cityscapes make reference to the military procedure of ‘surgical bombing’ or ‘surgical strikes’, commonly used in modern warfare, which aims to limit collateral damage by targeting precise areas for destruction. The suggestion of a remote, digital conflict inevitably reduces the tragic and devastating realities of war. In a similarly misleading manner, the perspective of an aerial map minimises the life beneath it to a series of detached systems and patterns of collective existence.

The paintings represents 17 cities that are either sites of recent conflict, cities relating to the artist’s own life, or centers of economic, political or religious significance. The selection includes Washington, DC; Rome and the Vatican City; Leeds (where the artist grew up); Beijing; Moscow; New York; London; Paris; and Baghdad.

These portraits of living cities depict the man-made features and natural elements like buildings, rivers and roads in scalpels as well as razor blades, hooks, iron filings and safety-pins, all set against black backgrounds. The result is very graphic, eye-catching with a touch of poignancy.

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Washington 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zip stops, stitching needles, tattoo needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs, fish hooks, safety pins and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Washington 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zip stops, stitching needles, tattoo needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs, fish hooks, safety pins and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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San Francisco 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, kraft knife blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs, lead shot and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm)

Damien Hirst | San Francisco 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, kraft knife blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs, lead shot and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm)

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Paris 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, stainless steel studs, safety pins, champagne caps and wire, tourist souvenirs, French francs, condoms and gloss paint on canvas 96 x 144 in. (243.8 x 365.8 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Paris 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, stainless steel studs, safety pins, champagne caps and wire, tourist souvenirs, French francs, condoms and gloss paint on canvas 96 x 144 in. (243.8 x 365.8 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Moscow 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, razor blades, zips, stitching needles, tattoo needles, aluminium filings, stainless steel studs, safety pins and gloss paint on canvas 73 13/16 x 109 3/8 in. (187.5 x 277.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Moscow 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, razor blades, zips, stitching needles, tattoo needles, aluminium filings, stainless steel studs, safety pins and gloss paint on canvas 73 13/16 x 109 3/8 in. (187.5 x 277.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Hong Kong 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, fish hooks and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Hong Kong 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, fish hooks and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm)
Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Hollywood 2013-2014 Scalpel blades, zips, safety pins and Hammerite paint on canvas 67 1/8 x 107 7/8 in. (170.5 x 274 cm) Photo: Jack Hems

Damien Hirst | Hollywood 2013-2014
Scalpel blades, zips, safety pins and Hammerite paint on canvas 67 1/8 x 107 7/8 in. (170.5 x 274 cm) Photo: Jack Hems

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Shanghai 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs and gloss paint on canvas 108 x 72 in. (274.3 x 182.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Shanghai 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, pins, stainless steel studs and gloss paint on canvas 108 x 72 in. (274.3 x 182.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Damien Hirst | Milton Keynes 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, kraft knife blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, lead shot and matt and gloss paint on canvas 75 5/16 x 110 3/16 in. (191.3 x 279.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | Milton Keynes 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, kraft knife blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, lead shot and matt and gloss paint on canvas 75 5/16 x 110 3/16 in. (191.3 x 279.9 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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New York with Ground Zero 2014 Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, razor blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, stainless steel studs and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst | New York with Ground Zero 2014
Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, razor blades, zips, stitching needles, aluminium filings, stainless steel studs and gloss paint on canvas 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm)
Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, UK. He lives and works in London and Gloucestershire. Solo exhibitions include ‘Relics’, Al Riwaq: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2013); ‘Artists Rooms’, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2012); ‘Cornucopia’, The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (2010); ‘No Love Lost’, The Wallace Collection, London (2009); ‘Requiem’, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2009); ‘For the Love of God’, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008); Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005); and ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’, Archaeological Museum, Naples (2004). An exhibition of the artist’s private collection, ‘Murderme’, was held at Serpentine Gallery, London in 2006 and in the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin, 2012. In 2012, Tate Modern, London held a major retrospective of Hirst’s work to coincide with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. He received the DAAD fellowship in Berlin in 1994 and won the Turner Prize in 1995.

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Photos courtesy of White Cube gallery site / © Damien Hirst