David Hammons
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David Hammons (born 1943) is an African-American artist mostly known for his works in and around New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, reflecting civil rights and Black Power movements. As early as with “Spade with Chains” (1973), does he couple a derogatory term with the literal gardening instrument, to make a visual pun between the shovel and African mask. Hammons also blurs notions of valuable commodities by staging “Bliz-aard Ball Sale” (1983), a performance alongside street vendors in which he sells snowballs, priced according to size. In 1990 he created the “African American Flag”, a reproduction of the USA flag under the colors of the African National Coalition, this way making a poignant statement about racial bondage and resistance in America.

Artist images


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Artist external links


http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=2486
http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/a_fraction_of_the_whole/
http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/185068

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