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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
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
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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
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