Damien Hirst - Under the Influence New York Monday, March 31, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Lewis Manilow, Chicago; Icon Ltd, Santa Monica

  • Literature

    J. Schellmann, ed., Wall Works: Wall Installations in Editions, New York, 1993, p. 54 (illustrated). J. Schellmann, ed., Wall Works: Site-Specific Wall Installations, New York and Munich, 1999, pp. 90-93 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Damien Hirst

    British • 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.

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Pharmaceutic Wall Painting, Five Blacks, 1993


Enamel paint on wall, wooden box including 150 tins of enamel paint, 150 brushes, and one compass.

Dimensions variable.

This work is from an edition of 10 plus two artist’s proofs, with each work comprised of a unique combination of colors and accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $61,000

Under the Influence

31 Mar 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York