Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings at The Gagosian Gallery

– By Carson Sieving –

Spotted: canvases filled with colorful dots in eight cities around the world.  The Gagosian Gallery is devoting all eleven of its galleries (including three in New York) to a retrospective of artist Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.  Taken as a whole, the exhibition  will showcase over 300 paintings which were completed over the span of twenty-five years.  Anything but monotonous, the color of every dot is random and each visitor will have her own favorite painting.  The consistent pattern is executed in various scales and  pieces range in size from a Chanel 2.55 bag to the width of 31 Rue Cambon. The spots are cheerful and bright, like a mix of fall’s polk-a-dot polish and spring’s confident colors.  And it being January, a dose of art this upbeat is a brilliant antidote to winter’s grayness.

Visitors can attempt The Complete Spot Challenge by having an official card stamped at each gallery they visit.  Anyone who manages to visit all eleven galleries during the exhibit will receive a Spot Print signed and personalized by the artist.  While I may not fill my card, I definitely want one for a souvenir.

The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
The Gagosian Gallery
New York, London, Paris, Geneva,
Rome, Athens, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills
January 12 – February 18, 2012




Carson Sieving drinks Manhattans in Manhattan, where she makes lists, collects postcards, and attends the opera.  She writes about how beautiful things inspire and influence a beautiful life.  You can follow her on Twitter @CarsonSieving

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