David Hammons - Under the Influence New York Friday, March 7, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Jack Tilton Gallery, Whose Ice is Colder?, October 30 - December 1, 1990 (larger example exhibited)
    New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Rousing the Rubble, December 16 - February 10, 1991 (larger example exhibited)

  • Literature

    A. Heiss, Rousing the Rubble, exh. cat. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991, pp. 72-73 (larger example illustrated)
    David Hammons, The Unauthorized Retrospective, New York: Triple Candie Inc., 2006, n.p. (larger example illustrated)
    C. Tilton, L. Charlwood, eds., L.A. Objects & David Hammons Body Prints, New York: Tilton Gallery, 2011, p. 162 (larger example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "They call my art what it is. A lot of times I don't know what it is because I'm so close to it. I'm just in the process of trying to complete it. I think someone said all work is political the moment that last brushstroke is put on it. Then it's political, but before that it's alive and its being made." - David Hammons, 1986

  • 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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African American Flag

printed fabric with painted wood pole
flag 8 x 12 in. (20.3 x 30.5 cm.)
pole 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm)

Signed "Hammons" lower left. This work is from an edition of 100.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $16,250

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Benjamin Godsill
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Under the Influence

New York Auction 7 March 2014 2pm