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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)
LOT ID: 67661
Paper Kite Butterfly on Oleander, 2011

Inkjet Print
66.93 х 45.04 in. (170 x 114.4 cm.)
Signed, lower right
Print/Casting Year 2011
Edition of 25
Lot description
Light and dark, butterflies and mementos, multi-colored ‘spots’ and marbleized spins, this stunning print is a major example of the world renowned work by British artist, Damien Hirst. The dichotomy or yin-yang of Hirst’s œuvre is at once abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque and minimal. As is depicted in this work 'Paper Kite Butterfly on Oleander' Hirst challenges the boundaries between high and low culture, art and science, and addresses the big questions of life, love, and death.

As the celebrated bad-boy artist of our time, Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst (b.1965) 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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