Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘"Levi's Box" Edition’, 2008, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

Damien Hirst in conjunction with Levi Strauss Clothing & The Warhol Estate. This comprises a lavish book covered in black denim contained in a metal and plexi-glass box printed with one of Hirst's trademark spot prints, and a Warhol composition. Book & Plexi/Metal Box with Plexi screenprints, 2008, Edition of 500, unnumbered/unsigned.

Fred Segal/LA Press Release 2008

Popping up at Fred Segal Man in 2008, Santa Monica is the Warhol Factory x Levi's x Damien Hirst pop-up store April 3, 2008 which will be open for two months. The shop will sell the denim collection (jeans, motorcycle jackets, T-shirts) with Hirst's embellished, encrusted, splattered treatment—not nearly as out-there as expected from the artist with a penchant for animals and formaldehyde. Levi's was so amped about its collaboration with the British artist, it documented the project in a 224-page glossy black denim hard-bound book with a plexi glass and metal display box. Which will be launched at the shop's invite-only party.

How did the original collaboration between you and Levi’s® come about?
I’ve always worn Levi’s® and I saw a collection that (designer) Adrian Nyman made using Warhol’s art and I loved it so much I bought the whole collection. Adrian heard about it and contacted me and asked if I’d like to work with him, the Warhol estate and Levi’s®, and of course I jumped at the chance.
Why did you decide to partner with Levi’s® to create another Damien Hirst X Levi’s® limited-edition collection?
Because I really enjoyed the experience of working with Adrian and Levi’s® and loved the clothes
What was your inspiration for this collection?
I loved the idea of art you can wear
What is the inspiration and meaning behind your iconic imagery of the skull, spots and butterflies?
I live in Mexico and I love the way they celebrate all the bad and good aspects of life there. In life we are here for a good time, not a long time and I hope the imagery communicates that.
Do you have any favourite pieces or items in the collection you are most excited about?
I love it all
Have you ever provided design inspiration for a clothing collection before?
I painted heavy metal album covers on schoolmate’s denim jackets when I was at school.

Signature: Unsigned as issued

Manufacturer: Levi Strauss Clothing Co.

Private Collection, NY

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
britARTnia, Opera Gallery, London
2016
Reflections, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
2015
Cool Britannia, Opera Gallery, Seoul
2015
Black Sun, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2015
British Contemporary, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2014
14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler
2013
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