Damien Hirst, ‘Beautiful Bloody Revolutionary Supersonic French Spin Painting for the Amazing Anne-Sophie’, 2014, Phillips

Property of an Important European Collector

From the Catalogue:
Bursting with tactile layers of blue, hunter green, red and yellow, Beautiful Bloody Revolutionary Supersonic French Spin Painting for the Amazing Anne presents an exemplary work from Damien Hirst’s coveted Spin Painting series. The circular canvas exhibits several splashes of vibrant colour that spring outwards from a central point, elucidating the unmistakable spontaneity that electrifies the series. According to Hirst, Spin Paintings are “a massive explosion of energy—full of life, colour and optimism.” (Damien Hirst quoted in “Damien Hirst’s monumental spin artwork in spectacular display at Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony,” Artist’s Website, August 9, 2012, http://www.damienhirst.com/news/2012/olympics.) They recall the spinning of a record on a turntable, or Hirst’s long exposure photographic series that capture the movement of the stars. However, what sets the present lot apart from other spin works is the subtle evocation of a landscape demarcated by the diametric swaths of rich pigment hinting at a horizon line.

Beautiful Bloody Revolutionary Supersonic French Spin Painting for the Amazing Anne hearkens back to a 1993 collaboration between Hirst and Angust Fairhurst titled A Fete Worst than Death, an event curated by Joshua Compston in Shoreditch, London. Having constructed an impromptu spin art station, the artists offered visitors the opportunity to pay a mere £1 to create their own spin paintings to be autographed by the pair. Reflecting on this early performance piece, Gregor Muir recounts that for Hirst, spin paintings “proved too useful to be left behind, resulting in his subsequent Spin Paintings, all titled with extended sequences of charged words bookended by “beautiful” and “painting.” (Gregor Muir and Clarrie Wallis, In-a-Gadda-da-Vida, Tate Britain: London, 2004, 91). This key body of work has since contributed to seminal exhibitions including Hirst’s 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern.

Though Hirst’s extolled Spot Paintings are meticulously rendered by hand, both the Spot and Spin series analyse the theme of mechanical intervention. To create each Spin piece, paint is spilled onto a round canvas whirled by a machine at high speeds in reference to the optical experiments of Marcel Duchamp. Though Duchamp utilised motorised devices as a means of creating optical illusions, Hirst’s contemporary take focuses on the impressions of possibility, wonder, and elation evoked by the expression of movement. The remarkable dynamism of the present lot ultimately underscores the contending currents within Hirst’s practice: “an involvement with death and decay, and ideas and life: the action of the world on things exists somewhere, and the colour exists somewhere else. And it’s fantastic.” (Damien Hirst quoted in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, On the Way to Work, London 2001, p.119). Beautiful Bloody Revolutionary Supersonic French Spin Painting for the Amazing Anne offers a highly animated painting by the inimitable Damien Hirst, one of the most globally renowned artists working today.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and inscribed ‘Damien Hirst for Anne-Sophie D.’ on the reverse; further signed ‘D Hirst’ on the stretcher

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

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