Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995

  • Literature

    Damien Hirst, I Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One To One, Always, Forever, Now, London 1997, p. 220 (illustrated)
    Damien Hirst: The Complete Medicine Cabinets, exh. cat., L&M Arts, New York, 2010, p. 179

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I’ve always loved this idea of art maybe, you know, curing people. And I have this kind of obsession with the body. I like the way that you’ve got all these individual elements inside a cabinet related to organs inside a body. I like the kind of Koons consumerist feel to it. And then a lot of the actual boxes of medicines are all very minimal and could be taken directly from minimalism, in the way that that kind of minimalism implies confidence”
    (Damien Hirst, quoted in Gordon Burn, On the Way to Work, London, 2002, p. 25)

  • 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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Untitled aaaa

glass, painted MDF, cardboard, steel, plastic, aluminum and pharmaceutical packaging
24 1/4 x 40 x 9 in. (61.6 x 101.6 x 22.9 cm.)
Executed in 1992.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Sold for $399,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017