Hirst’s exhibition in 12 galleries at the same time
On January 12, 2012, Damien Hirst’s show was opened on all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong.
More than 150 private individuals or public institutions from twenty countries provided their paintings to create this single exhibition in different countries.
More than 300 paintings were shown, from the first spot, created by Hirst in 1986, to the smallest spot painting comprising half a spot and measuring 1 x 1/2 inch (1996); to a monumental work comprising only four spots, each 60 inches in diameter; and up to the most recent spot painting completed in 2011 containing 25,781 spots that are each 1 millimeter in diameter, with no single color ever repeated.
The exhibition precedes the first major museum retrospective of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London in April 2012.
Damien Hirst Spot Challenge
Those visitors who manage to see all eleven galleries spread on three continents until February 10, 2012, received a signed spot print by Damien Hirst with a personal dedication. Participation conditions were relatively strict as the print might be worth up to 50.000US$ at that time.
Photos: Spot Paintings
Damien Hirst – L5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm
Damien Hirst – Phenylpropiolic Acid, 2010, household gloss on canvas, 66.2×96.5cm
Photos: Spot Prints
Damien Hirst – Lauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1×27.9cm, Edition of 55
Damien Hirst – S-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28×96.52cm, Edition of 100
Damien Hirst – Pyronin Y, 2007, 137.8×110.5cm
Damien Hirst – Phendimetrazine, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 70,5x118cm, Edition of 150
Damien Hirst – Methamphetamine, 2004, A single spot etching, Edition of 115
Damien Hirst – Ellipticine, 2007, Spot-etching, 110.5×137.8cm, Edition of 75
Damien Hirst – Set of three spot etchings: (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm
Photos: Installation views of ‘Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011’
Damien Hirst explains the theory and thought behind his infamous spot paintings
Damien Hirst talks about the meaning of his spot paintings, using assistants without talent and having $300 million
Interview with Damien Hirst at Tate Modern