Very large-scale highly produced artist's book incorporating pop-ups, pull-outs, window elements, mylar inserts, stickers, and a loose poster. A masterful object designed by Hirst with Jonathan Barnbrook. Introduction by Gordon Burn.
"This dynamic, provocative and internationally acclaimed collection of Hirst's ideas and obsessions is a powerful combination of text and visual elements. Each piece is set against a visual narrative of drawings, words, photography, typography, pop-ups, and other special effects that make this book like no other. Expressed in his own words and documented with his own selection and arrangement of images, this powerful publication – Hirst's first – is a beguiling collection of his ideas and obsessions about life and art. The book encompasses the entire range of Hirst's work-paintings, sculptures and installations to the date of publication – which continues to provoke both scorn and admiration among critics and viewers. An essay by cult novelist Gordon Burn looks at Hirst's work and the breadth of its impact. This is a landmark publication that has redefined the fine art monograph." -- publisher's statement