David Hammons - Summer Wave Paris Thursday, August 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Herford, Germany, MARTa Herford, My (Private) Heroes, 7 May 2005 - 21 August 2005
    Geel, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp and the Cultural Centre de Werft, Middle Gate Geel ’13, 29 September - 19 January 2014

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips' Deputy Chairwoman, Europe, Marianne Hoet reflects on her father's deep friendship with American artist David Hammons and her visit to the artist’s studio in Harlem in the 1980s:

    ‘At the studio, we were able to touch objects and works, without being sure if it was an object or already an artwork. At that time, David always gathered objects and found inspiration in the streets. As an outsider in the contemporary scene, he was able to transform material into experience, which also alludes to an African-American tradition of creating art from found objects … Most important was to understand and feel the deep friendship between David and my father. It was a friendship as we remember from our childhood, soulmates as outsiders.’

    Born in 1943 in Springfield, Illinois, Hammons moved to Los Angeles in 1963 to study art. In 1974 he relocated to New York, where he lives and works today, and began his lifelong practice of making sculptures from the highly charged detritus of urban African American life. Hammons’ work is collected by major public and private institutions internationally, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge; Glenstone, Potomac; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SMAK, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice; and Tate Britain, London.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Head warmer

signed 'Hammons' and titled 'HEAD WARMER'
99 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm (38 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)
Executed circa 1998.

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