The Spot Challenge

Posted on: January 30th, 2012

Last week, we blogged about The Gagosian Galleries current exhibition The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 by Damien Hirst. The Gagosian has made the international extravaganza exhibition EVEN more interesting by challenging the public to visit all eleven galleries! The galleries include New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong. The reward for visiting all the galleries is your very own signed Hirst print.

Despite the obvious costs, travel and time involved in the challenge, 600 people have registered for the spot challenge. This intriguing challenge sparks the questions; Why are they doing it? How many people will complete the challenge? Do the spots look different? Does the meaning of a spot change? We can not answer these questions, as like most people we are not registering for the challenge. However, we are following the blog of Cristina Ruiz, an editor of The Art Newspaper who is undertaking the journey. Currently, Cristina has visited the London, Paris and Geneva galleries and is in presently in Rome. The blog is well worth a read as she examines the allure of the spot, compares Hirst’s development of the spot, experiences the spot in different locations and perhaps the most interesting thing, meeting fellow spot travelers and hearing their thoughts on the journey!