Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
British-born artist Damien Hirst, known for leathers, sunglasses, and an “I don’t give a what attitude,” may arguably be one of the more influential artists of the current generation. With artwork auctioning for well over the million dollar mark, the famed artist will open on January 12, 11 separate galleries across the world, showcasing his complete collection of Spot Paintings which he began in 1986. Although an exhibit that was initially talked about more than 10 years ago, Hirst linked up with colleague and art dealer Larry Gagosian a few years back to finally bring this gallery to fruition. Hirst told the L.A. Times that the series is “a battle between the machine made and man-made. From a distance they look machine made, and then on closer inspection you can see trace of the human hand, pencil lines, and [compass] holes.” Including a vast majority from private collectors, a small portion of work will be available for purchase, and for the unfortunate many that can’t afford their own Damien Hirst piece, an informative catalog highlighting the Spot collection will accompany your admission ticket.