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David Hammons

American  •  b. 1943


David Hammons eschews the spotlight and rebels against the conventions of the art world. Hammons’s diverse body of work, spanning conceptual, performance, and installation art, is so laden with spell-binding metaphor that they have become symbols for movements both in the art world as well as in the public domain. 

Hammons doesn't work in any consistent medium or using any formal or academic theory—he famously has said, "I can't stand art actually." Still, with his Duchamp-ian readymades re-envisioned for a contemporary political context, Hammons remains one of contemporary art's most watched artists. Untitleda basketball hoop with dangling candelabra, achieved $8 million at Phillips in 2013, the world auction record for the artist. 


  • Hammons was an early hit: After only showing for one year, LACMA acquired his Injustice Case, 1970, just one year after it was made. Hammons was 28 years old at the time.

  • Hammons famously doesn't keep a phone number, often forcing curators and gallerists to wait outside his Harlem studio for him. 

  • The top result for Hammons at Phillips came in 2013, with a mixed-media basketball-themed installation achieving $8,005,000. More recently, his dyed-cotton African-American Flag in red, black and green featured as the second lot in our New York Evening Sale, May 2017 and achieved $2,050,000.

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