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David Hare

American, 1917–1992

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David Hare

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American, 1917–1992

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David Hare worked in several mediums, including photography, painting, and printmaking, but he is best known for his absurdist sculptures. Although the art critic Clement Greenberg criticized Hare for making painterly sculptures, the artist was lauded by Jean-Paul Sartre, who noted the emotional impact of his work. Hare believed that the sensations of the viewer are vitally important to works of art. He once wrote, “Art…takes form at some point in the air between the work and the observer.” Young Axx (1991) is a slightly threatening sculpture of a body made from an ax head attached to welded legs, suggesting the tool’s potential for creative destruction.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

David Hare worked in several mediums, including photography, painting, and printmaking, but he is best known for his absurdist sculptures. Although the art critic Clement Greenberg criticized Hare for making painterly sculptures, the artist was lauded by Jean-Paul Sartre, who noted the emotional impact of his work. Hare believed that the sensations of the viewer are vitally important to works of art. He once wrote, “Art…takes form at some point in the air between the work and the observer.” Young Axx (1991) is a slightly threatening sculpture of a body made from an ax head attached to welded legs, suggesting the tool’s potential for creative destruction.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring David Hare
20 Abstract Expressionists Who Didn’t Just Paint
Nov 10th, 2016
20 Abstract Expressionists Who Didn’t Just Paint
Tamarind Institute’s Suite Fifteen Takes a Fresh Look at Classic Prints
Nov 8th, 2013
Tamarind Institute’s Suite Fifteen Takes a Fresh Look at Classic Prints
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