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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)
LOT ID: 66814
Rocks (from the London group portfolio), 1992

Screenprint
33.86 х 24.57 in. (86 x 62.41 cm.)
Signed, numbered, verso
Print/Casting Year 1992
Edition of 65
Lot description
This was Damien Hirst's first print, created for the London portfolio of 11 works by 11 British artists, commissioned by Charles Booth-Clibborn in 1992. Taking rocks from King's Road in London, Hirst arranged them against a salmon pink background in a grid structure, which he also uses to create his famous 'Spot' series. This early eight-color screenprint has been partially varnished so that the background is glossy and the rocks are matte. This print is in absolutely mint condition.

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.


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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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