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A work made of glass, stainless steel, steel, nickel, brass, rubber, and medical, surgical, and laboratory equipment.

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  • A work made of glass, stainless steel, steel, nickel, brass, rubber, and medical, surgical, and laboratory equipment.

Date:

1994

Artist:

Damien Hirst
English, born 1965

About this artwork

This early work by Damien Hirst is representative of the artist’s well-known series Medicine Cabinets. In Still, a glimmering glass display case is lined with equally reflective medical devices and surgical equipment, neatly arranged side by side. The orderliness of this collection of pristine objects plays on our fears of and fascination with modern medicine: the sculpture was specifically inspired by David Cronenberg’s 1988 film Dead Ringers, a psychological thriller about twin doctors. While Hirst’s practice has been described as sensationalist, he identifies himself as a “realist.” In 1996 he explained, “I have always been after a kind of realism. I didn’t want a painting of something. I wanted the thing itself.”

Status

On View, Gallery 292

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Damien Hirst

Title

Still

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1994

Medium

Glass, stainless steel, steel, nickel, brass, rubber, and medical, surgical, and laboratory equipment

Dimensions

195.6 × 251.5 × 50.8 cm (77 × 99 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection

Reference Number

2015.142

Extended information about this artwork

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