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Mixed Media, 2003
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 35
H 30cm x W 61cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|October 2020||Sotheby's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|February 2020||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|September 2019||Christie's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|March 2019||Sotheby's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|September 2018||Christie's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|July 2018||Christie's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
|July 2016||Christie's New York - United States||Day By Day - Signed Mixed Media|
Day By Day is a mixed media piece from Damien Hirst’s Utopia series from 2003. The work shows several rows of pills on display in a medical cabinet, each hand painted and varying in colour and size. Upon first impression, Day By Day is sterile in its aesthetic, but like many of Hirst’s works it brings profound questions of the human condition into play.
Hirst has explained why he is interested in the medical pill motif saying that, “Pills are a brilliant little form, better than any minimalist art. They’re all designed to make you buy them…they come out of flowers, plants, things from the ground, and they make you feel good, you know, to just have a pill, to feel beauty.”
Reminiscent of his sculpture from 2008 Memories of/Moments with You, Hirst brings themes of life and death into dialogue with one another, disrupting binary logics between sickness and health, addiction and rehabilitation. In Memories of/Moments with You, the pills appeared as little sculptures in themselves, rather than mass produced objects, due to their hand crafted and hand painted form that reveals the artist’s touch. Inspired by minimalism of the 1960s, Hirst’s pill cabinets bring to mind the American sculptor Donald Judd in their incessant repetition and use of colour.