YBA Damien Hirst’s work has generated enormous controversy in large part due to its morbidity and his fascination with medicine, 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.
Hirst & McQueen
Alexander McQueen is teaming up with enfant terrible Damien Hirst to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its signature skull scarf. The artist will create 30 limited edition designs which will appear on a collection of scarves.
Hirst’s prints will be inspired by his Entomology paintings - butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the McQueen skull motif. The collaboration highlights both McQueen and Hirst’s "mutual love of symmetrical design and a penchant for the dark side of nature."
The scarves will be available in November.
British enfant terrible Damien Hirst created this work, titled Black Heaven, in 2012.
“Silver used to be mined in Combe Martin where I live. It’s dreamy, otherworldly, but also sensuous and sexy…” -Damien Hirst.
Hirst used silver to create this sculpture of a pregnant woman. This surreal, scientifically rendered figure depicts the flesh peeled back to reveal the inner muscle, bone, and fetal structure of the woman.
Young British Artists
In our latest sale, we’re throwing the spotlight on Young British Artists (or YBA), the celebrated group of London-based artists that broke into the international art scene in the early 1990s. Garnering instant notoriety and critical acclaim, these artists went on to transform the Contemporary Art scene with their innovative and often provocative works.
Click through for a sneak peek at YBA: Young British Artists, a sale which is now live for bidding on artnet Auctions.
Young British Artists
Twenty-five years ago, Damien Hirst organized the Freeze exhibition in an empty London Port Authority building at Surrey Docks in London, England. This exhibition ushered in the new generation of Young British Artists, an era which Guardian critic, Jonathan Jones recently referred to as “the best 25 years in British art history.”
Pictured is Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, which has since become an icon of the YBA generation and Contemporary Art in general, sparking debates over the very nature of art as well as the eight-digit prices these works have commanded.
Happy Birthday Hirst
"Immortality is really desirable, I guess. In terms of images, anyway." -Damien Hirst
Happy birthday Damien Hirst! The British enfant terrible celebrates his 47th birthday today.
Winner of the 1995 Turner Prize, and, as of 2009, the wealthiest artist in history, Hirst rose to fame after the success of two warehouse shows he organized featuring his friends’ and his own work.
"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.