Damien Hirst - Under the Influence New York Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paragon Press, London

  • Exhibited

    Cologne, Aurel Scheibler, Damien Hirst: In a spin, the history of the world on things, April 30 - June 7, 2003 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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In a spin, the action of the world on things Vol. II

complete set of 14 etchings, 1 black and white time-lapse photograph on paper, household paint on portfolio box with silkscreen ink
box 48 x 40 in. (121.9 x 101.6 cm)
each sheet 44 x 36 in. (111.8 x 91.4 cm)

Inscribed "Damien Hirst In a spin, the action of the world on things." on the face; further signed "D. Hirst" lower left of photograph. This work is numbered 45 of 68 on the colophon accompanying the 14 prints included within the uniquely painted portfolio box.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $37,500

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Under the Influence

New York Auction 4 March 2015 11am