Damien Hirst - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings. Damien Hirst, September 23 – December 16, 2000; London, Robert Sandelson Ltd, Damien Hirst: Spots, Butterflies and Cabinets, June 8, 2006 - July 29, 2006

  • Literature

    J. Beard and D. Hirst, eds. Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Results and Findings, Volume 1, New York, 2000, cat. no. 0044, p.119 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hirst’s engagement with complexity and combinatorial diversity is manifest in his well known spin and spot paintings. He has often stated that he is overwhelmed by the infinite possibilities of painting:

    “No matter how I feel as an artist, the paintings end up looking happy, we are used to picking out chords of the same colour and balancing them with the chords of other colour to create meaning but with a never-repeating-colour system this cant happen. So in every painting there is a subliminal sense of unease.” (Damien Hirst, taken from an interview with M. Gayford, Modern Painters, 1998 in G.Poste, “Revealing Realty Within a body of Imaginary Things”, Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and findings, New York, 2000, p. 99).

  • 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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Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York