Hirst's butterfly takes a shine to Serota
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 03 April 2012
Nicholas Serota was spotted in Tate Modern with a flamboyant butterfly precariously perched on his finger. The exotic specimen had escaped from Damien Hirst’s installation In and Out of Love (White Paintings and Live Butterflies) during a preview and the Tate director was delicately carrying it back from the adjacent Pharmacy room. The poetical butterfly work has been reinstalled in the Hirst retrospective (4 April-9 September). In an interview with Serota published in the catalogue, Hirst says he had forgotten how the 1991 installation worked, and he was worried: “Oh God, maybe all those years ago we just fooled everybody; maybe it was just dead butterflies being trampled on when you walked in and nothing really moved... I wanted a three-dimensional de Kooning painting that flew round the room.”
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