Untitled

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    American contemporary artist, David Hammons, was born in Springfield, Illinois, later moving to Los Angeles to study at the Chouinard Art Institute, as well as the Otis Art Institute. He currently lives and works in New York. Hammons eschews the spotlight and rebels against the conventions of the art world - he doesn't work in mediums or any formal or academic theory. Whether intentionally or not, he creates works 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.

  • Artist Bio

    David Hammons

    American • 1943

    Few artists are afforded the liberty to dictate exhibition schedules and public appearances, but David Hammons eschews the spotlight and rebels against the conventions of the art world. Whether intentionally or not, Hammons creates works 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. (His now-iconic In the Hood sculpture has been used by Black Lives Matter activist group.)

    Hammons doesn't work in mediums or any formal or academic theory—he famously has said, "I can't stand art actually." Still, with controversial works including his PETA-paint-splashed Fur Coat sculpture, Hammons remains one of contemporary art's most watched artists. Hammons also doesn't frequently exhibit, and his last major gallery show, 2016's "Five Decades," only featured 34 works. With a controlled market, Hammons saw Untitled, a basketball hoop with dangling candelabra, achieve $8 million at Phillips in 2013. 

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Untitled

signed and dated "Hammons 2017" on the inside of the mask element
wooden mask, acrylic, wicker, straw, metal and wood base
mask 15 x 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (38.1 x 19.7 x 26.7 cm.)
overall 23 1/4 x 8 x 10 1/2 in. (59.1 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm.)

Executed in 2017.

Estimate
$600,000 - 1,000,000 

sold for $880,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Mansour
Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1219
smansour@phillips.com

Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018