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Paris:  Art – Gagosian Gallery – Damien Hirst

“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.

The Damien Hirst, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986– 2011 exhibition opened worldwide on January 12 and is taking place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong.   Conceived as a single exhibition in multiple locations, it makes use of this demographic fact to determine the content of each exhibition according to locality.

Paris:  Art – Gagosian Gallery – Damien Hirst

"I often get asked about the spot paintings – “I love your work, but why do you do those stupide spots? They’re not good paintings.” Or “The paintings are great/better than your other works, but (Gerhard) Richter already did it.”  They have nothing to do with Richter or Larry Poons or Bridget Riley or Josef Albers or even Op art.   They’re about an urge or the need to be a painter above and beyond the object of a painting.   I’ve often said that they are like sculptures of paintings.” Damien Hirst.

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.


Paris:  Art – Gagosian Gallery – Damien Hirst 

“With the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art.  Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format… It’s like they don’t go wrong.” Damien Hirst.

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

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