Damien Hirst - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jay Jopling/White Cube, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Damien Hirst’s wide-ranging practice – installations, sculpture, painting and drawing – has sought to challenge the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. His energy and inventiveness, and his consistently visceral, visually arresting work, has made him a leading artist of his generation.” (Taken from www.whitecube.com)
    Beginning in 1989, Hirst started to create medicine cabinet pieces that redefine the potential of sculpture through modernist design. The reoccurrence of medicine and drugs in Hirst’s works is both confrontational and infectious, because it communicates a strong fascination with something seemingly ordinary. Through the design of the present lot Hirst alters the perception of the medicine cabinet while playing with the fine line that Hirst sees between art, science, and popular culture.  

  • 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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Glass, MDF and drug packaging.
38.1 x 76.2 cm. (15 x 30 in).

£150,000 - 200,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm