Going Dotty

Posted on: January 18th, 2012

The Gagosian Galleries are currently exhibiting The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 by Damien Hirst. The exhibition will be displayed in eleven international locations including New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong. The exhibition includes 300 paintings, mostly loans from private individuals and public institutions.

So, what does 25 years worth of spots look like? The exhibition includes Hirst’s first spot painting created in 1986, the smallest spot painting with half a spot (measuring 1 x 1/2 inch, 1996), a monumental work of four spots (each 60 inches in diameter) and Hirst’s most recent spot painting containing 25,781 spots (each 1 millimeter in diameter, with no single colour ever repeated).

Hopefully the spots don’t drive you dotty because the Tate Modern is also hosting a Hirst exhibition which opens in April.