Sotheby’s is prepping for the Fall when it will have an interesting collection of 200 works from Frank Dunphy, who is best known as the former business manager to Damien Hirst. It is no surprise that Dunphy is selling through Sotheby’s with whom he organized the (in)famous Beautiful Inside My Head Forever sale a decade before. The Dunphy sale, which includes a great deal of material from the YBA artists, comes as bookend to the decade of Hirst’s muted market in the wake of the big bang of the BIMHF sale. Here’s Sotheby’s on the sale:Continue Reading
Damien Hirst has a habit of falling back on his crowd pleasers after launching a new series of work, especially if that new series fails to excite the market or imagination. We saw it with the Bacon-inspired paintings that were debuted at the Wallace Collection. Those duds were followed by the global Spot painting exhibition. Last year we had the debut of Hirst’s sunken treasure fantasy which received a lot of attention (and for which many sales were claimed) but few outside of Hirst’s camp of fellow travelers have buzzed about buying works.
Today Hirst’s firm announces a combination of the two tactics. We’re back at an Old Master venue, Houghton Hall, once the site of one of the world’s great art collections when Walpole lived there. But the Old Masters are being taken down to show Hirst’s latest variations on the the Spots, which seem to be quite small and intimate compared to previous examples in the series.
A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from 25 March – 15 July 2018. The exhibition will also include a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures which will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.
Several journalists have made a point of claiming that the Damien Hirst show in Venice hosted by Francois Pinault is the most talked about event in the art world right now. It’s not clear who they’re talking to. But this week’s sales in New York have a way for us to tell if the sales reports coming out of Venice—like the one below from ArtNews—are recording real demand.
Phillips has a massive pill cabinet estimated at $5-7m which already has a third-party guarantee. Sotheby’s day sale has a good spot painting, Levamisole (above) which was acquired from Hirst and then sold privately. It’s got a good ($600-800k) estimate and is in great condition.Continue Reading
We’re a little skeptical about Scott Reyburn’s claim in the International New York Times that Damien Hirst’s new show in Venice is “is the most talked-about art show on earth.” But we are curious to hear his reporting on sales from the extravagant “Wreck of the Unbelievable.” Also, it isn’t clear why some commentators think it is terribly naughty to point out that art work featured in the biennale itself is also for sale through the artists’ dealers. Nevertheless, Reyburn treats us to a little of that too.Continue Reading