Damien Hirst’s Spot-Painting Spectacular by the Numbers

bythenumbers Damien Hirsts Spot Painting Spectacular by the Numbers

It begins. (Gagosian Gallery)

There certainly are a lot of details to keep track of for this “Damien Hirst the Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” exhibition at all 11 Gagosian galleries. To keep things straight, Gallerist has assembled this cheat sheet with the basic facts of the show, which opens today. In case you missed it, Mr. Hirst has been kind enough to visit New York for the openings, and spoke with Anthony Haden-Guest about the spot paintings, his now-retired Bacchanalian tendencies, and his new work.

Number of Gagosian galleries showing spot paintings:
11

Cities with spot painting shows:
8

Total number of spot paintings in the 11 shows:
331

Number of spot paintings at New York Gagosian galleries:
115 (34.7 percent of spot paintings now on view in the shows)

Total number of spot paintings that Mr. Hirst has made:
More than 1,500, according to Roberta Smith’s piece in The New York Times

Record price for a spot painting:
$3.48 million, for an 84-by-203.9 in. painting from 1998, at Phillips de Pury & Company in London, in Feb. 2008

Most spot paintings at one Gagosian gallery:
74, at the Madison Ave. branch in New York

Fewest spot paintings at one Gagosian gallery:
Six, at the Athens branch

Largest spot painting in the world:
118 by 478 in. (56,404 sq. in.), at West 21st St. branch

Smallest spot painting in the world:
1 x 0.5 in. (.5 sq. in.), at Davis St. branch in London and in Rome

Most dots on one spot painting:
25,781, on view at the Madison Ave. branch in New York

Fewest spots on one spot painting:
Half a spot, on view at the Davies St. branch in London and in Rome

Smallest spots on a spot painting:
1 mm, on view at West 21st St. branch in New York

Largest spots on a spot painting:
60 in., on view at West 24th St. branch in New York

Year the first spot painting was made:
1986, on view at the Madison Ave. branch

The most spots that will ever be on a single spot painting:
Two million, according to Mr. Hirst, in his Observer interview with Anthony Haden-Guest. (The artist’s assistants are at work on it now.)

How many spot paintings will there be?
“I want them to be an endless series,” Mr. Hirst told Mr. Haden-Guest, “but I want them to be sort of infinite.” So, in other words, no one has any idea.

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