Damien Hirst

The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
January 12 - March 16, 2012

Damien Hirst - The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011

DAMIEN HIRST
Phe-Tyr, 2004–11
Household gloss on canvas
140 x 156 inches  (355.6 x 396.2 cm)

© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011

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Opening Thursday, January 12, 2012


GAGOSIAN GALLERY HOLDS WORLDWIDE EXHIBITION OF TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SPOT PAINTINGS BY DAMIEN HIRST

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

The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’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, 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 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.

In conjunction with the exhibition will be the publication of The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011, a fully illustrated, comprehensive and definitive catalogue of all spot paintings made by Hirst from 1986 to the present. Published by Gagosian Gallery and Other Criteria, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 includes essays by Museum of Modern Art curator Ann Temkin, cultural critic Michael Bracewell, and art historian Robert Pincus-Witten as well as a conversation between Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari.

The third issue of the Gagosian App for iPad will also launch January, providing an interactive, in-depth look at the series that features more than ninety spot paintings.

“Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” precedes the first major museum retrospective of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London in April, 2012.

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, England. Solo exhibitions include "The Agony and the Ecstasy," Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples (2004); "A Selection of Works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005); Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005); "For the Love of God," Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008); "No Love Lost," The Wallace Collection, London (2009); "Requiem," Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2009); and “Cornucopia,” the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (2010). He received the Turner Prize in 1995. His work is included in many important public and private collections throughout the world.

Hirst lives and works in London and Devon, United Kingdom.

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Exhibition details for each gallery is listed below:

New York
980 Madison Avenue
January 12–February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6–8pm
E. newyork@gagosian.com   T. +1.212.744.2313

555 West 24th Street
January 12–February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6–8pm
E. newyork@gagosian.com   T. +1.212.741.1111        

522 West 21st Street
January 12-February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
E. newyork@gagosian.com   T. +1.212.741.1717
   
Beverly Hills
456 North Camden Drive
January 12-February 10, 2012
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
E. losangeles@gagosian.com   T. +1.310.271.9400       

London
6-24 Britannia Street
January 12-February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
E. london@gagosian.com   T. +44.207.841.9960     

17-19 Davies Street
January 12–February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6–8pm
E. london@gagosian.com   T. +44.207.493.3020  

Paris
4 Rue de Ponthieu
January 12-February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
E. paris@gagosian.com   T. +33.1.75.00.05.92    

Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
January 12–March 10, 2012
Opening Reception: 6–8:30pm
E. roma@gagosian.com   T. +39.06.4208.6498  

Geneva
19 Place de Longemalle
January 12-March 17, 2012
Opening Reception: 6-8pm
E. geneva@gagosian.com   T. +41.22.319.3619  

Athens
3 Merlin Street
January 12-March 10, 2012
Opening Reception: 7-9pm
E. athens@gagosian.com   T. +30.210.36.40.215  

Hong Kong
7/F, 12 Pedder Street
January 12–February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: 6–8pm
E. hongkong@gagosian.com   T. +852.2151.0555
 


Inaugurazione: giovedì 12 gennaio, dalle ore 18 alle 20.30

 

GAGOSIAN GALLERY OSPITA CONTEMPORANEAMENTE IN TUTTE LE SUE SEDI UNA MOSTRA DI SPOT PAINTINGS DI DAMIEN HIRST DAL 1986 AD OGGI

 

Sono da sempre un colorista, ho sempre amato profondamente il colore... voglio dire, lascio che il colore faccia il suo corso. Ecco quindi da dove nascono gli spot paintings – comporre la struttura che crea quei colori, e poi non pensarci più. Improvvisamente ho ottenuto ciò che volevo. Era semplicemente un modo per immortalare la gioia del colore.
—Damien Hirst

Gagosian Gallery è lieta di annunciare la mostra “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” di Damien Hirst.

La mostra verrà presentata simultaneamente in tutte e undici le gallerie Gagosian nel mondo nelle sedi di New York, Londra, Parigi, Los Angeles, Roma, Atene, Ginevra, Hong Kong, con un’unica data inaugurale, il 12 gennaio 2012. La maggior parte dei dipinti in mostra fanno parte di collezioni pubbliche e private, per un totale di oltre 150 prestatori provenienti da venti Nazioni. “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011”,  concepita come un’unica mostra presentata su location diverse, utilizza il fattore demografico per determinare il suo specifico contenuto a seconda della posizione geografica.

La mostra comprende oltre 300 dipinti, dal primo spot su tavola realizzato da Hirst nel 1986, al più piccolo spot painting, realizzato nel 1996, che presenta la metà di uno spot di 2.55 x 1.27 centimetri; ai lavori monumentali composti da quattro spot, ognuno di 152.40 centimentri di diametro; fino al più recente spot painting, completato nel 2011, con ben 25,781 spot di un solo millimetro di diametro, i cui colori non sono mai ripetuti.

In occasione della mostra sarà pubblicato The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, un catalogo interamente illustrato, che rappresenterà un importante e definitivo riferimento per tutti gli spot painting realizzati da Hirst dal 1986 fino ad oggi. Pubblicato da Gagosian Gallery e dalla casa editrice Other Criteria, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 comprenderà saggi di Ann Temkin, curatore del Museum of Modern Art, New York, del critico Michael Bracewell, e dello storico dell’arte Robert Pincus-Witten, oltre ad includere una conversazione tra Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha e John Baldessari.

La terza edizione dell’applicazione Gagosian per Ipad sarà inoltre presentata a gennaio 2012; con oltre novanta spot painting, darà ai fruitori la possibilità di interagire con la serie e analizzarla nel dettaglio.

“Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” precede la prima importante retrospettiva sull’opera di Hirst, che sarà inaugurata presso la Tate Modern di Londra in aprile 2012.

Damien Hirst è nato a Bristol, Inghilterra nel 1965. Tra le importanti mostre personali dell’artista si annoverano "The Agony and the Ecstasy", Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Napoli (2004); "A Selection of Works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005); Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005); "For the Love of God", Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008); "No Love Lost", The Wallace Collection, Londra (2009); "Requiem", Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2009); “Cornucopia”, Oceanographic Museum, Monaco (2010). Damien Hirst ha ricevuto il prestigioso premio Turner Prize nel 1995. Le sue opere sono presenti in importanti collezioni pubbliche e private in tutto il mondo. 

Hirst vive e lavora a Londra e Devon, Regno Unito

Uffici Stampa:
Bolton & Quinn
Erica Bolton
E.  erica@boltonquinn.com   T.  +44.207.221.5000

FITZ & CO.
Meg Blackburn
E.  meg@fitzandco.com   T.  +1.212.627.1455, ext. 225

Claudine Colin Communication
Dorelia Baird-Smith
E. dorelia@claudinecolin.com   T. +33.1.42.72.60.01

Il programma delle mostre in ogni galleria è indicato di seguito:

New York
980 Madison Avenue
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

555 West 24th Street
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

522 West 21st Street
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

Beverly Hills
456 North Camden Drive
12 Gennaio–10 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

London
6–24 Britannia Street
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

17–19 Davies Street
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

Paris
4 Rue de Ponthieu
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
12 Gennaio–10 Marzo, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20.30

Geneva
19 Place de Longemalle
12 Gennaio–17 Marzo, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20

Athens
3 Merlin Street
12 Gennaio–10 Marzo, 2012
Inaugurazione: 19–21

Hong Kong
7/F, 12 Pedder Street
12 Gennaio–18 Febbraio, 2012
Inaugurazione: 18–20