One new work that he says will be ready in time for his Gagosian shows: a canvas of about 12 by 16 inches, featuring 18,000 spots. Not yet ready: a painting he is planning with one million dots, and another with two million that he projects will take four assistants four and a half years to finish.
At present, he says he has already made about 1,400 spot paintings, to be published in a full catalogue raisonné at the time of his gallery shows.
It's enough to make most artists' concerns about flooding the market, not to mention the classic model of supply and demand, seem rather quaint. Doesn't he ever worry that the market just can't absorb another round of spot paintings?
A fast talker, Hirst offered several answers within a couple minutes.
"Who knows what a market is?" he said. "You learn by doing, really. If I put a painting outside a bar at closing time, and it's still there in the morning, it's a crap painting. With spot paintings, wherever you leave them, people are going to take them out of the dumpsters. It's an intrinsic thing that has nothing to do with how many you make."