Monday, 9 January 2012

Damien Hirst, 'The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011' Gagosian Gallery, London

DAMIEN HIRST, Levorphanol, 1995 Household gloss on canvas
27 x 27 inches  (68.6 x 68.6 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011
'I was always a colorist, I’ve always had a phenomenal love of color… I mean, I just move color around on its own. So that’s where the spot paintings came from—to create that structure to do those colors, and do nothing 
I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.' Damien Hirst

Gagosian Gallery, 'The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011' of Damien Hirst at Britannia Street gallery, London and worldwide. Like him or loath him, you can't ignore him, he reminds me of a character that's part Stella and Warhol combined in a Frankenstein hybrid, competing with Jeff Koons for popularity, like a child on sugar, he can't stop himself carving out a place in the British art scene.

Here is the Press Text from the well oiled Gagosian Gallery: 
'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.'

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