Untitled (B-ball Drawing)


Charcoal on paper, brown suitcase

Drawing : 282 x 115 cm (111 x 45 1/4 in.) Suitcase: 66 x 42 x 21 cm (26 x 16 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

A cloud of charred spots on a white background, Untitled (B-Ball Drawing) turns basketball into a tool for artistic creation. Using paper as a basketball basket without the ring and net, David Hammons symbolically raises the griminess of a street sport to the rank of an expressive art work.

Untitled (B-Ball Drawing) is part of the Hammons Basketball Drawings series, which he began making to address the theme of basketball in the early 1980s. After performance and monumental installations, such as Higher Goals in 1986, Hammons explores abstract depictions through expressive, performative art. His interest in staging and found objects is illustrated here by a brown suitcase hidden at the back of the painting.

A critical take on American basketball specific to Hammons, Untitled (B-Ball Drawing) is in the Pinault Collection. It was first seen during the "Sequence 1" show at the Palazzo Grassi in 2007.