A month after revealing some critically-hated paintings for “No Love Lost,” shock artist Damien Hirst is giving it another try with a new show. Titled “Nothing Matters,” the series of 19 paintings, part of Hirst’s recent return to assistant-free art, features more paintings of skulls alongside triptychs of blood-spattered birds that will likely be as poorly received as the last. In the Guardian, Adrian Searle already notes that Hirst’s “viscerated meat-men and skeletons hang about, waiting for a death that’s already happened: they just haven’t noticed yet,” and asks, “is he trying too hard?”

“Nothing Matters,” November 25 – January 30, White Cube, Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London