David Hare, ‘Elephant In Violets’, 1987, Tamarind Institute

A Few of Our Favorite Things:
"After hanging in my office for several years,
Elephant in Violets continues to intrigue me. It is an elephant without being an elephant, and the violets are flowers without being flowers. I love the play between representation and
abstraction—the suggestion of something
without being explicit; and the relationship
between positive and negative spaces. Hare made important contributions to the
development of American art and his work
reflects his intellectual curiosity and vigor. I was privileged to know David, a brilliant yet humble man, when he worked at Tamarind in 1987."
-Marge Devon, Director

Publisher: Tamarind Institute

About David Hare

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.

American, 1917-1992

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