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Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 2011, Paula Cooper Gallery
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Robert Grosvenor

TRASH VERSUS ELEGANCE
by Charlie Finch

Walking down 21st Street a week ago Friday on my way to Robert Grosvenor's opening at Paula Cooper Gallery, I spied three Damien Hirst spot paintings through the door of the Gagosian Gallery 21st Street space, a multiple spot painting in the middle and a dull large spot piece to its right. I don't remember what was on the left, so repulsed was I by, to quote Hannah Arendt, "the banality of evil," summed up in the ridiculously impotent, all-encompassingly weak manifestation of Hirst's spots.

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