Damien Hirst’s spot painting spectacular has not yet opened at the world’s 11 Gagosian galleries, but we are already suffering from a bit of spot-painting fatigue. Perhaps you are too. Maybe you love spots, like Gallerist, but think it might be nice to see some other artists’ spots. It can be refreshing, even comforting, to see what else is out there, to see new spot paintings and meet new approaches to the problem of spot painting.
For the record, this article is not meant to suggest for one moment that Mr. Hirst’s spot paintings are unoriginal or uninspired, or to engage in that tired debate about who made the first spot painting. We know that there is nothing new under the sun: Mr. Hirst found a fertile field in spots and prospered, like artists before and after him. (We actually would like to discuss who made the first spin painting, but that’s a matter for another time.)
In the slide show above, we offer a modest introduction to spot paintings by other artists, for those exhausted with Mr. Hirst’s pieces, or those who are simply seeking more spots and are unable to embark on the artist’s noble Spot Challenge. No doubt we have left out some of your favorite spot paintings. Please feel free to share those in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you.