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Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Woodcut, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 48
H 51cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The 12 Woodcut Spots series can be considered within Hirst’s collection of spot paintings which constitute one of his most important series of works. From their origins in 1986, Hirst had always intended to create a comprehensive installation of the spot paintings. The Gagosian Gallery in 2012 brought together his collection of spot paintings spanning 25 years from 1986 to 2011.

The first spot paintings appeared in 1986 and were then exhibited in 1988, when Hirst in the final stages of the Freeze exhibition painted two arrangements of coloured spots onto the wall of the warehouse. The Freeze exhibition marked a turning point in Hirst’s career where he began to employ assistants to create the spot paintings. This was part of the artist’s aims towards creating works that appeared to have been produced mechanically and without human intervention.

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