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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)
LOT ID: 67682
Coeli enarrant (with Diamond Dust), 2010

Screenprint, with diamond dust
29.13 х 28.15 in. (73.99 x 71.5 cm.)
Signed, numbered, recto
Print/Casting Year 2010
Edition of 50
Foundry/Publisher Other Criteria
Lot description
'Coeli enarrant' is part of Damien Hirst's Psalm prints, which draw directly from the butterfly collages of his larger gloss paintings. The butterfly wings look like the view through a kaleidoscope, and the arrangement of the wings mimic a collector’s display. Also calling to mind the exquisite stained glass of Europe’s great cathedrals, the wings of these creatures unite the celestial and the earthly to present us with the possibility of beauty in death.

As the celebrated bad-boy artist of our time, Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst’s (b.1965) œuvre is at once abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque and minimal. Hirst carries on the legacy of Warhol with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that is as much about marketing as it is about content. Hirst's work has generated enormous controversy, in part for its morbidity and 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, winner of the 1995 prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize, has been the most prominent and notorious member of the young British artists (YBAs). Hirst's work has earned him the right to exhibit in numerous venues worldwide including the Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007), the White Cube, London, UK (2008) and the National Center For Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia (2010), among others.


Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, AU)


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