Damien HIRST (1965)

Other possible identifications: after, attributed, school, with workshop, manner

Dead flies glued to a flat surface making a vibrant ‘black monochrome’… animal corpses immersed in a formalin… brightly coloured butterflies fixed forever on canvas… human skulls studded with thousands of diamonds…

Damien Hirst shook the art world in the 1990s and 2000s by exploring death and decay. In 1995, his work was awarded the Turner Prize. In 1997 he participated in Charles Saatchi’s now legendary “Sensation” exhibition in London that launched the generation of YBAs (Young British Artists).

Born in 1965 in Bristol (England), Damien Hirst was an important artist in the auction world of the 2000s. In 2007, his work Lullaby Spring sold for $17.1 million becoming the second most expensive work by a living artist after a portrait of Lucian Freud. In 2008, he wrote a new page in auction history by taking a decisive role in the marketing of his own works and entrusting Sotheby’s with the sale of pieces straight from his studio. The sale (Beautiful Inside My Head Forever on 15 and 16 September 2008) included his formalin-immersed The Golden Calf (2008) which sold for $18.5 million.

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