The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

27. The Complete Spot Paintings: 1986-2011 by Damien Hirst, 2011

Perhaps more fascinating than Damien Hirst's 300 spot paintings themselves was their concurrent exhibition at the infamous Gagosian galleries across the globe. Hirst's spots filled Gagosian spaces in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Athens, and Hong Kong. With this sensational global exhibition came a challenge: to visit all 11 Gagosian locations during "The Complete Spot Paintings" exhibition. Upon such a miraculous completion, one would be awarded with an original spot print from Mr. Hirst himself. While the exhibition inspired criticism over the elitism and privilege required to do the challenge, it also reminded us why Hirst remains an iconic, daring artist, never shy of doing something impractical or unbelievable.

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