Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings – Trivial or inspiring? You decide

Damien Hirst - Myristyl Acetate (Spot Painting), 2005, Household gloss on canvas, 4,57 x 4,57m, 180 x 180 in.
Damien Hirst – Myristyl Acetate (Spot Painting), 2005, Household gloss on canvas, 4,57 x 4,57m, 180 x 180 in.

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 - Flesh Tint (Spot Painting), 2016, household gloss on canvas, photo Science Ltd
Damien Hirst – Flesh Tint (Spot Painting), 2016, household gloss on canvas, 61 x 81,3 cm (24 x 32 in.)
Photo: Science Ltd

Damien Hirst - 5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2x292.3cm
Damien HirstL5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm

Damien Hirst - English Lilac (Spot Painting), 2016, household gloss on canvas, 406 x 610mm, photo Science Ltd
Damien Hirst – English Lilac (Spot Painting), 2016, household gloss on canvas, 40,6 x 61cm
Photo: Science Ltd

Damien Hirst - D-Lysergic Acid, 1993, household gloss on canvas, 80¼ x 80¼in. (203.8 x 203.8cm.) (3 inch spot)
Damien Hirst – D-Lysergic Acid (Spot Painting), 1993, household gloss on canvas, 203.8 x 203.8cm (80¼ x 80¼in.)

Damien Hirst - Phenylpropiolic Acid (Spot Painting), 2010, household gloss on canvas, 66.2x96.5cm
Damien HirstPhenylpropiolic Acid, 2010, household gloss on canvas, 66.2×96.5cm

Damien Hirst - AMYLOGLUCOSIDASE (Spot Painting), 1993, household gloss on canvas 108 by 127cm., 42 1:2 by 50in.
Damien Hirst – AMYLOGLUCOSIDASE (Spot Painting), 1993, household gloss on canvas 108 by 127cm (42 1/2 by 50in)

Damien Hirst - 2-(p-Chlorophenoxy)-2-Methylpropionic Acid (Spot Painting), 1998, household gloss on canvas, 91.4 x 91.4cm (36 x 36in.), 4 inch spot
Damien Hirst – 2-(p-Chlorophenoxy)-2-Methylpropionic Acid (Spot Painting), 1998, household gloss on canvas, 91.4 x 91.4cm (36 x 36in.), 4 inch spot

Photos: Spot Prints

Damien Hirst - Lauric Acid Butyl Ester (Spot Print), 2011, 24.1x27.9cm, Edition of 55
Damien HirstLauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1×27.9cm, Edition of 55

Damien Hirst - S-Lactoylglutathione (Spot Print), 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28x96.52cm, Edition of 100
Damien HirstS-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28×96.52cm, Edition of 100

Damien Hirst - Pyronin Y (Spot Print), 2007, 137.8x110.5cm
Damien HirstPyronin Y, 2007, 137.8×110.5cm

Damien Hirst - Phendimetrazine (Spot Print), 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 70,5x118cm, Edition of 150
Damien HirstPhendimetrazine, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 70,5x118cm, Edition of 150

Damien Hirst - Methamphetamine (Spot Print), 2004, A single spot etching, Edition of 115
Damien HirstMethamphetamine, 2004, A single spot etching, Edition of 115

Damien Hirst - Ellipticine (Spot Print), 2007, Spot-etching, 110.5x137.8cm, Edition of 75
Damien HirstEllipticine, 2007, Spot-etching, 110.5×137.8cm, Edition of 75

Damien Hirst - Flumequine (Spot Print), Etching in colors, 108 cm - 139.7 cm (42.52 in - 55in)
Damien Hirst – Flumequine (Spot Painting), 2005, Etching in colors, 108 cm – 139.7 cm (42.52 in – 55in)

Damien Hirst - Flumequine (Spot Print), Etching in colors, 87.6 cm - 99.7 cm (34.49 in - 39.25 in)
Damien Hirst – Flumequine (Spot Painting), 2005, Etching in colors, 87.6 cm – 99.7 cm (34.49 in – 39.25 in)

Damien Hirst - Set of three spot etchings (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine (Spot Print), 2004, Three colour etchings on Hahnemühle paper, 115x112.5cm, Edition of 145
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: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - Installation view - 1

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - Installation view - 2

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - Installation view - 3

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - Installation view - 4

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - Installation view - 5

Videos

Damien Hirst explains the theory and thought behind his infamous spot paintings

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