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Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings Invade Gagosian Gallery (PHOTOS)

Damien Hirst

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/08/12 11:56 PM ET Updated: 01/09/12 12:45 AM ET

Does anyone really care to see an entire exhibition consisting of small colored spots on a series of white canvases? Would you change your mind if they were by Damien Hirst?

Over at Art Fag City we read with glee Will Brand's enraged response to the exhibition, which is simply titled, "The Complete Spot Paintings: 1986 - 2011." Featuring over 300 paintings consisting of twenty-five years of work by the enfant terrible of the contemporary art world, this exhibition will take place in eleven far-flung locations worldwide, from New York, London, and Paris to L.A., Geneva and Hong Kong. It's an art world takeover by the richest for the richest, with 150 collectors lending their prized pieces to the pot. There's even an upcoming iPad app that will feature a number of the paintings from the exhibition, so the tech-savvy can yawn collectively over the tiny colored circles on a simple white background.

Brand writes, "These spots reflect nothing about how we live, see, or think, they're just some weird meme for the impossibly rich that nobody knows how to stop."

We know schadenfreude is bad for the complexion, but we can't help but want another outcome for the multimillionaire bad boy artist. David Hockney recently called out Hirst over the use of his assistants to create his art, which should be the beginning of a long conversation. When artists become Taylorist overlords, we know we've all gone too far in accepting the disturbing consumerist nature of the contemporary art world. Besides, we prefer Yayoi Kusama's frenzied take on dots over Hirst's any day.

Click through the images below to decide for yourself, and please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.
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The exhibition runs from January 12 - March 10, 2012 at Gagosian Gallery locations worldwide.

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