Cristina Ruiz: The prize is in sight

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.

Hirst's spin-painted flag floor at the Olympic closing ceremonies

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.

Published Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:07:00 GMT

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10 Sep 12
3:53 CET

ROGER BEVAN, LONDON

Thank you for continuing to blog the spot challenge with a fascinating financial analysis which seems to suggest that there is a direct correlation between the cost of completing the circuit and the value of the print. If that is so, will a contestant who navigated the Gagosian globe in first-class comfort be receiving a commensurately more valuable print from the same edition? It's an interesting conundrum for Christie's South Ken or e-bay.

7 Sep 12
14:43 CET

GALFROMDOWNUNDER, NEW YORK

We all had blast in our 128 very different ways. Here's how ChelseaGallerista did it - on under $3000 and with one tiny bag! http://galfromdownunder.com/spotchallenge

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Cristina Ruiz

Over the next six weeks, Cristina Ruiz, our editor-at-large, has taken up the challenge to try to visit all 11 Gagosian galleries showing Damien Hirst’s spot paintings. Follow her as she blogs about her travels here.