Damien Hirst - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    ROSE MARY SALUM When one looks at your work, one experiences an encounter with finitude. It seems to me that you explore the uncertainty which is at the core of human experience. Death, life, all of these things a human experiences and cannot avoid.

    DAMIEN HIRST I think that’s what we all address, from my point of view. As an artist I always have confronted themes I can’t avoid and death is a big one, isn’t it?”

    (Rose Mary Salum, “Damien Hirst: Art is like Holding a Mirror up to Life,” Literal Magazine, Summer 2010, p. 14)

  • 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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Arrested Development

6 x 7 x 5 in. (15.2 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm.)
Signed, titled "Arrested Development, Damien Hirst" and numbered of 25 on the underside. This work is from an edition of 25.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $122,500

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York