Artists & Makers
British • b. 1965
There is no other contemporary artist as maverick to the art market as Damien Hirst. Foremost among the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of provocative artists who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s, Hirst ascended to stardom by making objects that shocked and appalled, and that possessed conceptual depth in both profound and prankish ways.
Regarded as Britain's most notorious living artist, Hirst has studded human skulls in diamonds and submerged sharks, sheep and other dead animals in custom vitrines of formaldehyde. In tandem with Cheyenne Westphal, now Chairman of Phillips, Hirst controversially staged an entire exhibition directly for auction with 2008's "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," which collectively totalled £111 million ($198 million).
Hirst remains genre-defying and creates everything from sculpture, prints, works on paper and paintings to installation and objects. Another of his most celebrated series, the 'Pill Cabinets' present rows of intricate pills, cast individually in metal, plaster and resin, in sterilized glass and steel containers; Phillips New York showed the largest of these pieces ever exhibited in the United States, The Void, 2000, in May 2017.View Profile
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SOLUS BY HEBRU BRANTLEY
In Conversation: Hebru Brantley on Comics, Basquiat and Breaking the Rules
The Chicago-born artist talks about his influences, reappropriation and the democratization of art.
Jewels & More: Online Auction
Buccellati: Modern Design Rooted in Renaissance Tradition
One of the oldest jewelers in Milan, Buccellati continues to innovate new techniques in producing bespoke textures and finishes.
STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them
Styled: Dressing Timeless Watches with Mr. Porter and The Rake
Phillips teamed up with the style experts at Mr Porter and The Rake to see how they'd wear some of the best pieces from our upcoming New York watches auction on 5 December.
Swiss • b. 1905
Evening & Day Editions
Rewriting History: Cy Twombly Idolized the Legends of Antiquity
Specialist Kip Eischen explores the influences behind Twombly's seven-lithograph work, 'Five Greek Poets and a Philosopher', 1978, produced during a time in which 'The Illiad' drove his approach to art.
American • 1928 - 2011