Damien Hirst‘s work has always been a *little* silly. It’s iconoclastic and non-traditional, but it can very well be see as OK. His most recent show in Los Angeles is taking place at Beverly Hills’ Gagosian Gallery, who are showcasing his work along with the eleven other Gagosian Galleries. The result is the The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011, a project he has been at for years now that dwells on the basic pattern.
The show opened this past Thursday and it was quite a scene, full of trendy people dressed to go out (even though the event closed at 8PM). The work being shared were Hirst’s Spot Paintings which, as you can see, entail a lot of spots. The show celebrates color and plays with scale all through multicolored dots as the point of departure. The paintings come from private individuals and public institutions lending them to the Gallery and are “a single exhibition in multiple locations.”
The pieces are pretty cool but, like, they are “all the same just in varying sizes and color,” many will say. All the canvases are untreated with the paint on top of them, which does make it quite remarkable. Moreover, they ranged from dots smaller than freckles to dots larger than most small dogs. The Beverly Hills Gagosian actually has a huge, HUGE painting Hirst did that is quite remarkable and that inspires many, many questions about how it got in there. There are photos of this painting below and you can even watch how they set it up here.
This show will be hotly debated because is it great or is it challenging or is it a big dupe or what? We don’t know and, frankly, we only care to push fifteen percent of our energy toward that as Hirst and the Gagosian’s will be getting millions in their pockets regardless. And, if you go, do like everyone at the opening did: have your photo taken in front of these large dotted paintings for your Facebook profile.
The exhibit is on view through February 10. And, if you have a shit ton of money and/or airline miles, go see all eleven shows as the Gagosian is holding The Complete Spot Challenge, offering a signed print dedicated to you by Hirst if you see all of the shows. If you do in fact see them all, let us know because we will give you a high five and ask, “Was it worth it?”