Damien Hirst, ‘"Magnificent Seven", 2000, Seven Ping Pong Balls, Signed and Numbered Edition’, 2000, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Damien Hirst, ‘"Magnificent Seven", 2000, Seven Ping Pong Balls, Signed and Numbered Edition’, 2000, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Damien Hirst, ‘"Magnificent Seven", 2000, Seven Ping Pong Balls, Signed and Numbered Edition’, 2000, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

"Magnificent Seven" consists of seven ping pong balls, each printed with text. They come in a cardboard presentation box, signed and numbered in black felt tip pen on the bottom of the box. It is from an edition of 1500 (500 for the artist and 1,000 for the public), which was published by Gagosian Gallery on the occasion of the artist's 2000 exhibition "Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings." This blockbuster show featured a sculpture of ping pong balls bobbing on jets of air, reminiscent of lottery or bingo balls, or even a three-dimensional spot painting or a kinetic pill cabinet. Each ball in this set bears a printed word from the title of the exhibition printed in black.

Signature: Signed

Manufacturer: Gagosian Gallery, NY

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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