Damien Hirst - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity." - Damien Hirst

    The spin paintings gather and amalgamate the individuality of every individual color, introducing a mechanical rotating movement at the moment of execution , to make the colors participate in a primordial state , where order and creation dissolve and disengage from the meditation of thought and representation, to become pure expression of the basic and vital gesture of painting and its mythology. The titles, which always center on a myriad of adjectives in free fall, with an instantaneous and impatient rhythm, in a visual and literary osmosis of an apparently playful, but in fact urgent spirit, seem to follow and continue the rotation of the initial process and its acceleration toward the unknown. (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, "The Agony and the Ecstasy, Selected works from 1989-2004", Damien Hirst, Naples, 2004, p.42).

  • 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 Exploded Aquarium Painting

household gloss on canvas
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Damien Hirst 2007" on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $242,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York