David Hammons
American, born 1943
1,288 followers
High auction record
$8m, Phillips, 2013
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Dimensions of Black: A collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts,
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Five Decades,
Mnuchin Gallery
2013
personal, political, mysterious,
The FLAG Art Foundation

Since the 1960s, David Hammons has confronted American cultural stereotypes and racial issues through wittily incisive sculptures, installations, performances, and body prints. Placing himself somewhere between Arte Povera and Dada, Hammons has made art from the refuse and cast-offs of stereotypical African-American life: chicken wings, Thunderbird and Night Train bottles, dreadlock clippings, basketball hoops, elephant dung, and bottle caps. From his X-ray-like body prints made with grease, to his "Spade" series of garden spades (a reclamation of the racial slur), to Pissed Off (1981), in which he urinated against a Richard Serra sculpture, Hammons combines political sentiment with powerful aesthetic statements.

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