Damien Hirst, who made a name for himself as a young British artist Enfant terrible in the 90s, is best known for his art that surprises the audience, from dead animals floating in formaldehyde to basketball floating and a collection of pills. increase. It now accompanies his work.
Hurst’s first work became famous for his participation in the controversial 1988 exhibition “Freeze,” which brought together several YBA artists. The show was staged when Hurst was still a student at Goldsmith University in London. YBA used entrepreneurial and vulgar readymade objects to illustrate the changes in what can be considered art. This was accompanied by considerable criticism and anger at the benefits of art.
Hurst’s own work often focuses on issues such as death and the system of beliefs and values, especially the power of the art market. In September 2008, on the verge of the Great Depression, Hurst sold a series of new releases at Sotheby’s, bringing in £ 70.5 million (about $ 127 million at the time) and usually the first work in the art world. Skipped the gallery system. Sale of new works. Some claim that this is the end of his run “as a loved one in the art market,” but Hurst is now represented by major galleries such as Gagosian and White Cube.In addition to this Hurst’s reputation as Britain’s wealthiest artist, he has accumulated a serious collection of contemporary art that landed him. ARTnewsTop 200 collectors are listed annually from 2008 to 2014.
Since then, controversy has followed Hurst, with recent reports that his infamous diamond skull wasn’t actually sold for $ 100 in 2007 as he designed a penthouse suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in 2019. Up to 1 million filled with his biggest hits. His history of chasing money has recently extended to his first foray into NFTs last summer. The Currency, a digital collection that riffs his series of “spot” paintings that are visually similar to NFTs, has given buyers the option to choose between physical paintings and NFTs. In the flare of the added drama, the unselected works will then be burned.
But he’s not just focused on the NFT market. His recent physical exhibition “Forgiving and Forgetting” on Gagosian’s 24th Avenue was the first exhibition in four years in New York. The show started in January and was then extended until April 16th. Throughout all that, Hurst managed to keep his name in our heads.
Below is a guide to Hurst’s five most controversial works to date.