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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London; Max Lang, New York

  • Exhibited

    Santa Monica, Ikon ltd. Contemporary Art, Selected Works, October 1 – 29, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    "The spot paintings have nothing to do with Richter or Poons or Bridget Riley or Albers or even Op. They're about the urge or the need to be a painter above and beyond the object of painting. I've often said they are like sculptures of paintings. I started them as an endless series like a sculptural idea of a painter (myself). A scientific approach to painting in a similar way to the drug companies' scientific approach to life. Art doesn't purport to have all the answers; the drug companies do... Art is like medicine- it can heal. Yet I've always been amazed at how many people believe in medicine but don't in art without questioning either." (Damien Hirst, I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere, with everyone, one to one, always, forever, now, London, 1997, p. 246)

  • 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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Bipyridinium Dibromind-N, N-Tetremethylene

1995
Household gloss paint on canvas.
30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12 in).

Estimate
£90,000 - 120,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010
London