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.