The prize is in sight
By Cristina Ruiz.
The moment is almost upon us. It’s been seven months since 128 intrepid travellers (including yours truly) completed the Damien Hirst spot challenge by visiting the artist’s spot paintings exhibition in all 11 branches of the Gagosian Gallery around the world—but now, finally, our prize is nearly ready.
To be fair Hirst has been quite busy. Not only has he had to contend with the opening of his massive retrospective at Tate Modern in April, he also oversaw the production of a gigantic spin painting which formed the backdrop to the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
Now it’s our turn. The Gagosian Gallery has emailed to say that the limited-edition spot print we will receive as a reward for completing the tour, which will come with a personal message from Hirst inscribed on it, will be completed and delivered by the end of September.
This will be a whopping 61 x 55 inches or 3,355 square inches, which works out to just over one square-inch of spot print per dollar I spent completing the tour.
Will we see a spate of these prize prints turn up for sale shortly after they are delivered? The affidavit we were required to sign in the presence of a notary after completing the challenge contained no stipulation preventing us from disposing of our artwork. Whether anyone will want a secondary market spot print, when they could just as easily purchase a new work direct from the artist, remains to be seen.
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