ArtListings > News > Archive > Gagosian Gallery holds worldwide exhibition of 25 years of spot paintings by Damien Hirst

Gagosian Gallery holds worldwide exhibition of 25 years of spot paintings by Damien Hirst

12 January '12 by the editors | Source:

Gagosian Gallery presents “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” by Damien Hirst. The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong, opening worldwide on January 12, 2012.

Most of the paintings are being lent by private individuals and public institutions, more than 150 different lenders from twenty countries. Conceived as a single exhibition in multiple locations, “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” makes use of this demographic fact to determine the content of each exhibition according to locality.

Included in the exhibition are more than 300 paintings, from the first spot on board that Hirst created 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.

In conjunction with the exhibition will be the publication of The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011, a fully illustrated, comprehensive and definitive catalogue of all spot paintings made by Hirst from 1986 to the present. Published by Gagosian Gallery and Other Criteria, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 includes essays by Museum of Modern Art curator Ann Temkin, cultural critic Michael Bracewell, and art historian Robert Pincus-Witten as well as a conversation between Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari.

The third issue of the Gagosian App for iPad will also launch January, providing an interactive, in-depth look at the series that features more than ninety spot paintings.

“Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” precedes the first major museum retrospective of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London in April, 2012.

Picture: British artist Damien Hirst throws his cap while posing for photographers in front of 1-Methylcutosine, left, and Minocidil during the press preview of Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011 at Gagosian Gallery, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Hirst's color spot paintings are being shown simultaneously at the Gagosian gallery's 11 locations around the world. The exhibition opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 10. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.


Read entire article...


More news

Art Amsterdam will be undergoing a metamorphosis. The art fair will be more exclusive and compact. Art Amsterdam will be held from 20 - 23 September 2012. The exact location of the event will be announced shortly.
12 January '12


The Andy Warhol Foundation was accused in a lawsuit by The Velvet Underground of infringing the trademark for the banana design on the cover of the rock group’s first album in 1967.
12 January '12
www.bloomberg.com


Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s meticulously detailed goldfish works make their debut at London’s ICN gallery, in an exhibition titled “Goldfish Salvation.”
12 January '12
hypebeast.com


The gallery is being sued over an alleged fake Pollock, sold for $17m in 2007.
11 January '12
www.theartnewspaper.com


Damien Hirst’s spotty creations will flood not just the art market this week, as his shop Other Criteria launches a new range.
11 January '12
www.telegraph.co.uk


The ever popular and equally enigmatic artist Damien Hirst has kicked off The Complete Spot Challenge.
11 January '12
hypebeast.com


Spring is art fair season in New York, and this year it will be more crowded — and more competitive — than ever.
11 January '12
www.artinfo.com


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation on Tuesday proposed building a museum in the Finnish capital after a yearlong feasibility study.
11 January '12
www.artdaily.org


Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs has tapped the legendary Japanese polka-dot painter Yayoi Kusama as the company's latest artist collaborator, most likely with an eye toward the Japanese market, one of the world's largest for luxury goods.
11 January '12
www.artinfo.com


The world’s first online contemporary-art fair is set to expand with three new events in 2012, following the hiring of a new chief executive officer, director and technical team.
09 January '12
www.bloomberg.com


Artist David Hockney has denied attacking Damien Hirst for using assistants to complete his works.
09 January '12
www.bbc.co.uk


Four works taken in pre-dawn heist at Greece's biggest public art museum but one was dropped as thieves fled.
09 January '12
www.guardian.co.uk


Police and military personnel evacuated 800 people from four villages in the low-lying northern Netherlands on Friday amid fears of a dike break following days of drenching rains.
08 January '12
www.artdaily.org


A painting valued at $30 million to $40 million was attacked by a woman at the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver on Dec. 29.
06 January '12
www.artfixdaily.com


Authorities in China have agreed to Ai Weiwei's request to review a $2.4m (£1.55m) fine imposed by the tax bureau for ''back taxes''.
06 January '12
www.bbc.co.uk


A rare first edition of John James Audubon's sumptuously illustrated "The Birds of America," depicting more than 400 life-size North American species in four monumental volumes, is going on the auction block for an estimated $7 million to $10 million.
05 January '12
www.artdaily.org


Art student Andrzej Sobiepan didn't want to wait decades for his work to appear in museums. So he took matters in his own hands, covertly hanging one of his paintings in a major Polish gallery.
05 January '12
www.artdaily.org


Founded in 2003 (compare to the museum's 1793 opening date), Islamic Arts is the Louvre's newest department, boasting a collection of 18,000 objects from the 7th to the 19th century, ranging in provenance from Spain to India.
05 January '12
www.artinfo.com


Follow ArtListings
New on ArtListings
Latest art news
Art & Antiques Fairs