One of the biggest—and most controversial—living artists in the world (remember that fully diamond-encrusted skull? Or the shark preserved in formaldehyde?), last night British artist Hirst launched 11 simultaneous shows of his famous dot paintings at all the Gagosian Galleries (New York, Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Rome, Geneva, London, Paris and Athens).
Each of the 300 paintings in “Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” features equally sized dots, all equidistant from each other. No painting features the same color twice, and you almost expect to see Pantone color names and Hex numbers below each.
While art critics and bloggers might be yawning at the whole concept or wondering whether or not they “get it” (or whether or not there is even something to “get”), if you’re into color, it can’t be beat.
Apparently, jetsetters who visit all 11 shows will be entered to win a free “spot” painting. Hurry up, you only have till February 18th.
And make sure to don a pair of bright-colored jeans and a bright handbag to get into the spirit!