Six participants have currently completed the Spot Challenge by visiting all 11 Gagosian Gallery locations during the exhibition The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 and will each receive a signed and personally dedicated spot print by Damien Hirst.
Gagosian's website allows you to keep up to date on entrant's progress by visiting the Spot Challenge page where you can see plenty more nearing the finish line.
The first to complete the Spot Challenge was Valentine Uhovski in nearly 8 days. He says "It took 32,000 miles, 3 continents, 9 counties, nearly 40 taxi rides and lots of bad airplane movies to make it to the finish line in London." Read the full story of the long and exhilarating journey on his website ArtRuby.com.
Send us photos of your spot challenge journeys by emailing email@example.com
Thanks to Valentine Uhovski from ArtRuby.com.
Images © Damien Hirst/ Science Ltd, 2012
Photography Prudence Cuming Associates
18 January – 25 February 2012
White Cube, Hoxton Square | Mason's Yard
Gary Hume - Migration
À˜ 46 7/8 in. (À˜ 119 cm)
Gloss paint on aluminium
White Cube is pleased to announce 'The Indifferent Owl', an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Gary Hume. Over the past twenty years, Hume has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified forms to create paintings that engage the viewer with their pleasantly irresolvable quality. The exhibition, his first in London for over four years, brings together a large and varied body of new work that will occupy both the Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard galleries.
A painting by Gary Hume is a dynamically ambiguous visual experience. Although each work usually features a recognisable motif - such as a bird or flower - they are often flattened and fractured, and positioned awkwardly in a pictorial space that is brought to life through broad passages of colour that could be repellently acrid or seductively luscious. Negative and positive spaces fluctuate within a painting, stretching figuration to the point that lines, forms and colours start to lose their denotative function. 'Neither literal nor illusionistic,' writes Jennifer Higgie in her catalogue essay, Hume's paintings 'draw you into the depths of something you might have initially assumed was all surface.'
For more information on the exhibition, visit the White Cube website.
Mason's Yard: Lower ground floor
Launched this month following the success of last year's campaign, is 'Bright Young Things', a project initiated by Selfridges to seek out and champion the most exciting young designers in the UK. The scheme features a total of fifteen UK-based emerging talents from the worlds of fashion, art, design and food.
From 6 January 2012 until the end of February, each of the Bright Young Things will take over an Oxford Street or Duke Street window. Their brief was to communicate the essence of their work and this has resulted in some wondrous creations, evidenced in the photographs below.
Designs by the Bright Young Things will be available in three pop up shops at Selfridges as well as online.
Adam Andrascik - S/S '12 collection. photo: stylebubble.co.uk
Oliver Ruuger - Accessories. photo: stylebubble.co.uk
Maarten van der Horst - S/S '12 collection. photo: stylebubble.co.uk
I was always a colourist, I’ve always had a phenomenal love of colour… I mean, I just move colour around on its own. So that’s where the spot paintings came from–to create that structure to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.
Morphine Sulphate , 1993
Household gloss on canvas
57 x 87 inches (144.8 x 221 cm)
The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 - 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.
Levorphanol , 1995
Household gloss on canvas
27 x 27 inches (68.6 x 68.6 cm)
Thanks to all who attended the Damien Hirst Spot Print launch last night at our New Bond Street store. For those of you who missed out, sign up to our mailing list to ensure you don't miss our future events.
The prints will be exhibited until 14th February 2012 at:
36 New Bond Street
London W1S 2RP
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
To see all the new Damien Hirst spot prints online, click here.
Other Criteria, 36 New Bond Street
Left to right: Lanatoside B – Damien Hirst and Vespula Vidua – Damien Hirst
Controlled Substances Key Spot Print – Damien Hirst
Left to right: Norcamphor – Damien Hirst and S-Lactoylglutathione – Damien Hirst and N-Methyl L-Aspartic Acid – Damien Hirst.
Far left: Benzyloxyurea – Damien Hirst
Far right: Quene 1-AM – Damien Hirst
Ethisterone – Damien Hirst
Lepidine – Damien Hirst
Curare – Damien Hirst
Vespula Vidua – Damien Hirst
Phendimetrazine (Controlled substances) – Damien Hirst
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