Untitled (body print)


Pigment on paper

73 x 58.4 cm

Untitled (Body Print) depicts a ghostly body of strange proportions. An elongated bust and exaggerated chest muscles are surmounted by a face with a mouth reduced to a slit and a flat nose with flaring nostrils. This deformed body created by applying pigments to paper is surrounded by geometric patterns that give the work an ornamental aesthetic.

With Untitled (Body Print), David Hammons continues his experience of the human body as a tool. A process of printing one's own body on a large surface of paper, Body Print emerged on the art scene in the 1960s and was quickly taken up by Hammons to explore his African-American identity.

Hammons' painting Untitled (Body Print) is in the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the "Sequence 1" exhibition in 2007 at the Palazzo Grassi.