Thursday, April 19, 2012

Genocide by Damien Hirst

The title of this work by Damien Hirst is Genocide. The unusual medium, just so you don't miss it, is flies and resin on canvas. This was offered for sale at Christie's New York in a November 2009 sale with an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It was either unsold then or, less likely, withdrawn. It is being offered now by Christie's as a private sale. This may be a way of avoiding further negative publicity for a work by a major artist that failed to find a buyer at auction. The actual current offering price is available from Christie's New York on request.

Damien Hirst (b. 1965) 
flies and resin on canvas
50 x 40 x 4 in. (137 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm.)
Executed in 2003-2004.


This lot is being offered by Private Sale. Please contact the department for added details.

    Sale Information

    PRIVATE SALES Viewing Location : New York, Rockefeller Center


Gagosian Gallery, New York

October 16, 2012 Update:  The above link is no longer working, indicating that the work is no longer available by Private Sale. It may well have been sold.



  1. This piece, or a similar one, is currently on view at the Tate Modern, London, as part of a Hirst retrospective. In my opinion Hirst is a fraud. A bully who punched his way into the art market and was subserviently applauded by the same art lovers that choose to admire the Emperor's new clothes.

    1. Thanks for your opinion, UM. For two days, I've been deliberating whether I should reply with something glib like, "You don't like Damien Hirst? Well, don't have a cow, man!" Fortunately, I thought better of it.