David Hammons | the artist




The artist David Hammons
Born 1943, Springfield, USA.
Lives and works in Harlem, New York.

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avid Hammons’ work is centered in the black urban experience, and he often uses sarcasm as a means of confronting cultural stereotypes and racial issues…
Works in the MOMA collection
L.A. assemblage grew out of the historical context of Dada and Surrealism at a moment when the poetry and underground films of the Beat generation, of which Wallace Berman was a member, were an influential force in California. Walter Hopps had brought important exhibitions of Kurt Schwitters (1962), Marcel Duchamp (1963 – his first comprehensive show in the U.S.), and Joseph Cornell (1966) to the Pasadena Art Museum, where he was director. And MOMA’s Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968. However, the L.A. art scene of the 60s and 70s was far more removed from the New York art scene, and from what was happening in the rest of the country, than it is now and than it has been since the 1980s when it began to play a more prominent national role…
Does it make sense to call blackness invisible, even if it means the absence of light? Suppose that claim comes from a well-known artist at some of New York’s most luxuriant art galleries?
David Hammons is a master of minor artistic intervention that triggers major effects: "The less I do, the more artist I am." His performance, ‘Bliz-aard Ball Sale’ of 1983 on Cooper Square in New York is an excellent example to underline this statement…
How hard must a dirty Spalding NBA basketball be slammed against a freshly white-painted wall to leave a five-inch-wide imprint? Pretty hard, I’d say. But then imagine if, like David Hammons, you’d grown up with hoop dreams – practising seven hours a day, by your own admission – only to stop growing at 5 feet 8 inches and therefore be stymied by the sport’s height restrictions. (’I’m enraged by basketball […] this is my revenge’…


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