David Hammons, ‘The Door (Admissions Office)’, 1969, Brooklyn Museum

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, 2014

California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Collection of Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum.

About David Hammons

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.

American, b. 1943, Springfield, Illinois, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2016
New York, NY, United States,
Five Decades