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American, born in 1943

David Hammons' works relate to his activist ethics focused around the Black Power movement. They address, through sculpture, installation and video, the issues of poverty, the struggle of the African-American community for civil rights and against racism.

Hammons’ œuvre has been following, since its beginning, an independent path, guided by personal approaches and free of collective constraints. His choice of the margins, discretion and stealth appeared in his street performances in the 1980s. For example, in one of those he sells snowballs to passers-by in the streets of New York, thus transforming them into many minimalist and ephemeral multiples. Hammons makes the racial issue and his own African-American identity the essential subjects of his work. He accumulates abandoned materials, often found in the street: scrap metal and wood, hair, cigarettes, basketball baskets, stones, fabrics, and raises them to the level of art.

The works of David Hammons within the Pinault Collection were shown for the the first time in the 2006 « Where Are We Going? » exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice.

I Dig the Way This Dude Looks , 1971
David Hammons

High level of cats , 1998
David Hammons

Orange is the New Black , 2014
David Hammons

Cultural Fusion , 2000
David Hammons

Phat Free , 1995-2000
David Hammons

Black Mohair Spirit , 1971
David Hammons

© David Hammons Photo : Aurélien Mole © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Niney et Marca Architectes, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier. Close
Courtesy of the artist and Tilton Gallery © David Hammons Close
© David Hammons Courtesy de David Hammons photo D.R. Close



Ouverture, Bourse de Commerce, Paris
22/05/2021 - 30/01/22


Dancing with Myself, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
07/04/2018 - 16/12/18


Faire Avec, Journées du Patrimoine, Chapelle Laennec, Paris
16/09/2017 - 17/09/17


Dancing with Myself, Folkwang Museum, Essen
06/10/2016 - 15/01/17


Slip of the Tongue, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
12/04/2015 - 15/02/16


Art Lovers, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
10/07/2014 - 15/09/14


Prima Materia, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
29/05/2013 - 31/12/14


Le Monde vous appartient, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
02/06/2011 - 15/03/13


Éloge du Doute, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
10/04/2011 - 15/03/13


Mapping the Studio, Palazzo Grassi — Punta della Dogana, Venice
06/06/2009 - 10/04/11


Sequence 1, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
05/05/2007 - 11/11/07


Post-Pop, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
11/11/2006 - 11/03/07


Where Are We Going?, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
29/04/2006 - 01/10/06

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