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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I like the chaos in Hieronymous Bosch. It is fantastic and wonderful in one sense. The paintings are a celebration of painting and the activity in the paintings is optimistic, but the actual meanings behind the objects are negative and depressing. It is like when an aeroplane explodes. There is a lot of energy when it is exploding and a lot of death afterwards, but it is that point when it is exploding that interests me."  Damien Hirst taken from G. Burn and D. Hirst, eds., I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere, with everyone, one to one, always, forever, now, London, 1997, p. 17

  • 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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Beautiful Androgynous Hermaphrodite Painting


Gloss household paint on canvas.

76 x 48 in. (193 x 121.9 cm).

$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for $481,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York