Damien Hirst, 'The Complete Spot Paintings'

Damien Hirst, 'Spot Painting'
© DR Damien Hirst, 'Spot Painting'

Hirst's spot paintings have always been the prêt-a-porter range within his prolific output; compared to bisected cows and pickled sharks they've never generated much controversy, but that was always the point. They look good in a museum or in a collector's living room, they look a bit like modern art and they look a bit like interior decoration too. And what they offer, aesthetically and intellectually, is a playful sense of indifference; that nothing should matter too much other than the pursuit of a light, intoxicated sense of sensual pleasure in the experience of colour. They're paintings that demand distraction, not attention.

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