Sunday, October 12, 2008

Demian Hirst and the most valuable art ever created..

Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief

3 Jun—7 Jul 2007
Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard

This major solo exhibition of new work by
Damien Hirst took place at both White Cube
Hoxton Square and White Cube Mason’s Yard,
Beyond Belief was the most significant and
ambitious exhibition of new work by the artist
at that time.

In this exhibition, Hirst continued to explore
the fundamental themes of human existence
– life, death, truth, love, immortality and art itself.

Several works address the complex relations between
art, science and religion. Arguably more than any
artist of his generation, Hirst is preoccupied by the
Western tradition of Christian iconography.
Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain savagely decants the
Saint’s martyrdom into a single tank containing a
black calf, its body pierced by dozens of arrows and
cable-tied to a steel post. In God Alone Knows, a
triptych featuring three flayed and crucified sheep
in three tanks, Hirst re-presents the visceral brutality
of Christ’s death, and yet there is an unexpectedly
quiet beauty in the way the forlorn and tragic figures
appear to float against their mirrored grounds, as if
resurrected. Hirst reconstructs the final phase of the
Nativity in The Adoration.

Recently Hirst organized and auction of his own works at Southeby's and made an
astronomical amount of money, thereby bypassing the traditional gallery position as middleman.

Pre Auction..


With global stock markets plummeting, leaving millions worldwide to fret over their jobs and financial futures, news out of a London auction house this week proved there are a choice few who are still financially flush enough to spend outlandishly.

The global financial crisis apparently did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for British artist's Damien Hirst's latest collection. In a record-breaking two-day event at Sotheby's in London, Hirst convinced buyers to buck the economic times -- to the tune of nearly $200 million.

His show, titled "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," included an outlandish collection of quirky animals soaked and displayed in formaldehyde -- a natural progression for a man who previously made millions on the sale of a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum and covered in diamonds

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