“Silver is one of the elements, one of the building blocks of our material world. Silver used to be mined in Combe Martin where I live. It’s dreamy, otherworldly, but also sensuous and sexy…” -Damien Hirst
Pictured is a highly detailed sculpture of a pregnant woman cast in sterling silver with dark patina by the world famous Contemporary British artist. Part of his The Dream is Dead series, this surreal, scientifically rendered figure depicts the flesh peeled back to reveal the inner muscle, bone, and fetal structure of the woman.
Damien Hirst’s work has generated enormous controversy for its morbidity and fascination with medicine, which is evident in several of his series: the encased dead animals in various states of preservation, cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals, and various skulls.
Pictured is one of his skulls, Till Death Do Us Part - Milk - Chocolate Brown True Blue Bubblegum Pink Skull (2012).
No cigarettes or pills for a change; here, British enfant terrible Damien Hirst arranges diamonds on gleaming shelves in the style of his well-known cabinet works.
Till Death Do Us Part
British artist Damien Hirst’s work has generated enormous controversy, in large part for its morbidity, which is evident in several of his series: the encased dead animals in various states of preservation, the incorporation of butterfly wings into stained glass-like images, cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals, and diamond-encrusted skulls.
Pictured are three versions of his work, Till Death Do Us Part, which are now live for bidding on artnet Auctions.
Controversial Contemporary artist Damien Hirst is one of the best known Contemporary British artists to date. His œuvre is abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque, and minimal, and he embraces and carries on the legacy of Warhol with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that is as much about marketing as it is about content.
Pictured is Hirst’s Skull III (from I once was what you are, you will be what I am) (2007), which is now live for bidding on artnet Auctions.
Hirst in Turkey
The first-ever Damien Hirst exhibition in Turkey opens this Friday at Portakal Art and Culture House in Istanbul. The show of 31 spin paintings is entirely secondary market works, which were gathered from clients in London and Switzerland. Though most works originated from Gagosian or White Cube, neither Gagosian nor Hirst were involved in creating the upcoming show.
Hirst, Koons, and Kusama
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is the latest artist in the process of leaving Gagosian Gallery. This is the third defection to rock Gagosian within a few weeks, with Damien Hirst also leaving the gallery after 17 years.
In the wake of these stories, we used artnet Analytics to compare the growth of these artists since 2004.
Hirst Leaves Gagosian
“We wish him continued success for the future,’’ said a statement issued by Gagosian, confirming Hirst’s sudden departure.
The enfant terrible, who is worth around $346 million, will continue his relationship with White Cube Gallery in London. The question is: who will represent him in New York?
Backpack by Hirst
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have teamed up with Damien Hirst to create a range of luxury backpacks for their label The Row. The exclusive US$55,000 backpacks are adorned with polka dots and prescription pills typical of Hirst.
We hear that a portion of the proceeds will go to UNICEF, however the donation amount is at Hirst’s discretion!
Damien Hirst may be rich and famous, but his collectors might not be rich from reselling his artwork. According to artnet Analytics, Hirst works acquired during his commercial peak, from 2005 to 2008, have since sold at an average loss of 30%!
And that only hints at the decline, because some investors aren’t bringing their Hirst works to market.
Find out more on Bloomberg.
AK-47 for Peace
If you’re in London, don’t miss the show at the ICA, up through September, 30, 2012. The artworks will then be auctioned at Phillips de Pury on October 4, 2012.
“A lot of people say ‘am I scared of glorifying the AK-47?’ But I think the AK-47 is already glorified. I think the strongest message here is to show it can be used for something else visually and mentally,” Bran Symondson, the former army reservist and brainchild of this project, told Reuters.
Hirst Spot Challenge Participants Get Reward
Each of the contenders will get a limited-edition spot print, valued at, according to artnet Analytics, around US$10,000!
Damien Hirst, an enfant terrible of the British art scene, has revealed the unlikely source of his inspiration for spin paintings. On a BBC show yesterday, the artist explained that he was inspired by Blue Peter, a television show for children.
Hirst claimed that he was specifically moved by John Noakes’s demonstration of a motorized cardboard spinning machine, which the BBC described as a device for children “who like to paint but are one of those people who never really knows what to draw.”
Hirst’s Olympic Ceremony
Damien Hirst took center stage in last night’s Olympics closing ceremony; his enormous, patriotic spin painting of the Union Jack covered the floor of London’s Olympic Stadium! The flag’s three crossed white lines formed the ramps on which the evening’s fleet of London cabs drove.
Hirst’s Iconic Works At Auction
Celebrated bad-boy artist of our time, Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst’s work is at once abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque, and minimal. Hirst carries on the legacy of Andy Warhol with his sensation-seeking, factory-made artworks.
On the occasion of his 47th birthday today, we’re featuring some of his most iconic work on artnet Auctions.