Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Greetings from Momart and Damien Hirst: Ho, Ho, Ho!

Damien Hirst
Christmas Greetings from Momart and Damien Hirst: Ho, Ho, Ho! 
London, UK: Momart, 1997
6.7 x 7.6 x 3 cm.
Edition of 1700 signed copies

Momart is a British company specialising in the storage, transportation, and installation of artworks, whose clients include the Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Buckingham Palace. They are perhaps best known for a fire that broke out in their warehouse in 2004, which damaged or destroyed several works by well known YBA artists, including
Tracey Emin's 1995 piece Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995. Emin has refused to remake the work, which remains one of her most celebrated projects.

Similar to the Peter Norton Family Christmas Projects (see related posts, here), each year Momart mails out an artists' edition in place of a traditional greeting card. Participating artists include Helen Chadwick, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Mark Wallinger, Sarah Lucas and numerous others. Complete sets of the Momart Christmas card are now part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate.

Damien Hirst (who also had damaged works in the 2004 fire) designed the card in 1997, which consisted of a boxed perspex brick, screen-printed with his signature dots, all of which were white. Dot painting as snowscape.

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