August 8 2011
Picture: AP Photo/Max Nash (Art Daily)
A press release from the Gagosian Gallery:
Imagine a world of spots. Every time I do a painting a square is cut out. They regenerate. They’re all connected.
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” by Damien Hirst.
The exhibition has been conceived to take place simultaneously across each of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong. It will include loans from public institutions and private collections as well as from the artist. The exhibition will open in every city on January 12th and continue through February 18th, 2012. This is the first time Gagosian Gallery has dedicated all locations at once to a body of work by one artist.
Hirst’s spot paintings are among the most distinctive in contemporary art, a symbol that is recognized universally, cutting across boundaries of culture and language. Beginning with the first spot painting created in 1986, to monumental canvases where no single color is ever repeated, to the most recent works, some of which comprise spots of just 1 millimeter in diameter, this exhibition will present Hirst’s “world of spots” in a truly global context.