Artist Damien Hirst undeniably has a great love for painting colourful spots. From the teeny tiny variety up to ginormous super dots, his obsession has spun for over two decades and was reason enough for the Gagosian Gallery to dedicate not one but all of their eleven galleries to feature “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” by Damien Hirst.
To reward all the hardcore Hirst fans out there, the Gallery and the artist came up with a truly arty challenge: They will give a personally dedicated, signed and numbered Hirst print to everyone who manages to visit ALL eleven galleries during the exhibition period from January 12 until February 18 2012. The Gagosian Gallery locations are New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong – over 32.000 distance kilometers in total. Remarkably enough, over 700 people have registered for the competition and even more remarkable, the first person to complete the challenge only took 8 days for it. Check out the Gagosian Gallery on Facebook for more winner stories. Another successful contestant shares the story of his trip around the world for the love of art here.
Very unlikely however that they really took his time to revel in the artwork: Included in the exhibition are more than 300 paintings, from the first spot on board that Hirst created in 1986; to the smallest spot painting comprising half a spot and measuring 1 x 1/2 inch (1996); to a monumental work comprising only four spots, each 60 inches in diameter; and up to the most recent spot painting completed in 2011 containing 25,781 spots that are each 1 millimeter in diameter, with no single color ever repeated.