Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures
View the artist's works that rocked and shocked the world
Damien Hirst's work may divide critical opinion but there's no denying that his art creates impact. Everyone has heard of his shark, spots and diamond skull. Now he has a major retrospective at Tate Modern. Helen Sumpter charts the works that rocked and shocked the world.
2. ‘A Thousand Years’, 1990
If Hirst’s shark allowed viewers to stare death in the face but ‘A Thousand Years’ confronted gallerygoers with an entire life cycle, from flies laying eggs in a severed cow’s head to maggots and then more flies to begin the cycle again – except for the ones zapped by the insect-o-cutor. It provoked disgust and outrage in the press but this 3D homage to Hirst’s hero Francis Bacon is arguably Hirst’s most respected work and was even admired by Bacon himself, who saw the piece just months before he died in 1992.