Damien Hirst – Lauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1×27.9cm, Edition of 55
On the January 12 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 are 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.
Those visitors who manage to see all eleven galleries spread on three continents until February 10, 2012, receive a signed spot print by Damien Hirst with a personal dedication. Participation conditions are relatively strict as the print might be worth up to 50.000US$.
Damien Hirst – L5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm
Damien Hirst – Set of three spot etchings: (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm
Damien Hirst – S-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28×96.52cm, Edition of 100