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Damien Hirst

The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011

January 12–February 18, 2012
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (6th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (stairwell) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (stairwell)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (5th floor annex)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor) Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view (4th floor)

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Works Exhibited

Damien Hirst, Spot Painting, 1986 Household gloss on canvas, 96 × 144 inches (243.8 × 365.8 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Damien Hirst, Spot Painting, 1986

Household gloss on canvas, 96 × 144 inches (243.8 × 365.8 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Damien Hirst, Methoxyverapamil, 1991 Household gloss on canvas, 75 × 69 inches (190.5 × 175.3 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Damien Hirst, Methoxyverapamil, 1991

Household gloss on canvas, 75 × 69 inches (190.5 × 175.3 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

About

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 is pleased to present The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 by Damien Hirst.

The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian’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, with 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 three hundred paintings, including the first spot on board that Hirst created in 1986; the smallest Spot painting comprising half a spot and measuring less than a square inch (1996); a monumental work comprising only four spots, each sixty inches in diameter; and the most recent Spot painting (completed in 2011), containing 25,781 spots that are each one millimeter in diameter, with no single color ever repeated.

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