Damien Hirst - Art for One Drop New York Friday, September 21, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of White Cube, London and Hong Kong

  • 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)

  • Catalogue Essay

    British artist Damien Hirst lives and works in London and Gloucestershire. He is one of the foremost artists to have emerged from the so-called "Young British Artists (YBAs)" group, who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s. Hirst rose to fame with works such as the shark preserved in formaldehyde – The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) – and installation piece Pharmacy (1992), which challenged preconceptions about the nature of art in both profound and playful ways. His wide-ranging practice includes installation, sculpture, painting and drawing. Consistently toying with the boundaries between art, science and religion, his visceral, visually arresting work has made him a leading artist of his generation.

  • 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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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.

$185,000 - 230,000 

Sold for $209,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018