Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Damien Hirst has made...

...about 1,400 "spot" paintings, like the one above. Or has he? From a front-page story in the Times today:

Mr. Hirst has said he painted the first few dozen. The others he left mainly to a coterie of assistants, who, it seemed, could make them ad infinitum.

And he's not finished:

“Damien is working on some spot paintings with very small spots, including a painting with one million spots, which will take a number of years to complete,” according to James Kelly, the director of Science Ltd.

It's been a lucrative career for Mr. Hirst, who the article says is worth more than $300 million. Not bad for someone whose paintings aren't exactly rare:

“He has made no secret,” says Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s senior international contemporary-art specialist, “of the fact that the spot paintings were an infinite series.”

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