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

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • 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

household gloss enamel paint on canvas laid on fiberboard
38 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (97.2 x 75.6 cm)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by The Paragon Press, with the Damien Hirst Archive number: DHS 663, 134.

Please note the current lot, In a Spin, The Action of The World on Things, is part of a portfolio set (a box cover) which originally contained the set of prints, In a Spin, The Action of The World on Things (Volume I/II). The entire volume, rather than the individual etchings or box cover, is recorded in the Damien Hirst archive.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $68,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York