Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips
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    All net proceeds generated by the sale of this lot will be dedicated to the One Drop Foundation’s vital mission of ensuring sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The past year has shown how access to water and the adoption of healthy behaviours like handwashing are essential to control the spread of COVID-19.

    The One Drop Foundation™ is an international philanthropic organization created by Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge founder Guy Laliberté with the vision of a better world, where all have access to living conditions that allow empowerment and development. With Cirque du Soleil as its founding partner, One Drop is imbued with boundless creativity and an artistic mindset. By using art as a tool to foster behaviour change, the One Drop Foundation developed the Social Art for Behaviour Change™ (SABC) approach, which builds a profound sense of involvement, ownership, and empowerment within communities. From empowering hundreds of leaders of change and entrepreneurs in Latin America, to installing mobile handwashing stations in high-traffic areas in Burkina Faso, to training health care workers in Malawi and to supporting some of the most marginalized populations in India, the One Drop Foundation is celebrating 14 years of turning water into action, with projects that will soon have improved the living conditions of over 2.3 million people around the world. Discover the One Drop Foundation’s 2020 impact report. Thanks to its fruitful collaboration with Phillips since 2018, One Drop has been able to raise over $11 million for its vital mission.

    • Provenance

      Courtesy of White Cube, London and Hong Kong
      Phillips, New York, Art for One Drop, September 21, 2018, lot 30
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Stockholm, McCabe Fine Art, Damien Hirst: The Psalms, August 29–November 8, 2014

    • Literature

      Damien Hirst, Michael Bracewell and Amie Corry, The Complete Psalm Paintings: Damien Hirst, London, 2014, n.p. (illustrated)

    • 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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Sold to Benefit One Drop Foundation


Psalm 69: Salvum me fac.

signed, titled and dated "‘PSALM 69 Salvum me Fac' Damien Hirst 2008" on the reverse
butterflies and household gloss on canvas
18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Executed in 2008.

Full Cataloguing

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $163,800

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021