David Hammons born 1943

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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 USD
Realised: 1.071.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 500.000 - 700.000 USD
Realised: 819.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 USD
Realised: 1.381.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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Contemporary Curated
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 655.200 USD
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David Hammons - Puzzling Times
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.000.000 - 1.500.000 USD
Realised: 877.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.000.000 - 1.500.000 USD
Realised: 3.660.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 500.000 - 700.000 USD
Realised: 750.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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21st Century Evening Sale
November 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 3.000.000 - 5.000.000 USD
Realised: 3.750.000 USD
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David Hammons - Elephant Dung
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
October 2021
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 GBP
Realised: 226.800 GBP
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David Hammons - It’s Not Necessary
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 800.000 - 1.200.000 USD
Realised: 5.475.000 USD
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David Hammons - Phat Free
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 237.500 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session
December 2020
Phillips, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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The artist David Hammons

  • Contemporary artist who draws attention to the ills for African American people.
  • His public portrait of a white Jesse Jackson attracted international interest.
  • Body prints and found object assemblages show influences of Dadaism and Arte Povera.

Born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1943, David Hammons moved to Los Angeles in 1962 and first attended the California Institute of the Art before moving on to the Otis Art Institute in 1968. Hammons uses his art to highlight the political, social and economic grievances of African-Americans in the U.S. In 1989, he painted a portrait of politician and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson - on a public wall in the middle of Washington. The year before, Jackson had narrowly lost the primary election for the presidential candidacy. Hammons, however, portrayed the Black politician as a white, blond, blue-eyed man and captioned the image with the question, "How Ya Like Me Now?" The action led him to catch the art world's eye internationally as well.

Before the artist finally participated in documenta IX in 1992 and his name was known across borders, his work was primarily divided into two areas: his body prints (1960s and -70s) and his found object assemblages (1980s). In the Body Prints, he depicted his body (sometimes others) by spreading margarine on the skin and hair and pressing himself onto life-size paper. He dusted the imprint with pigment powder.

He deliberately composed his assemblages from provocative materials: Elephant dung, chicken body parts, strands of hair, and bottles of cheap wine found their way into his works. He also creates installations and performances with similar foundations. Arte Povera and Dadaism influenced Hammon's works during this creative period. In the 1980s Hammons also made a name for himself with his public sculptures, for example Higher Goals (1986). It depicts a series of telephone poles up to nine meters high, which he fitted with basketball hoops and decorated with mosaics made of crown caps

More recently, he has increasingly produced Kool-Aid drawings. Hammons lives and works in New York. His work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the SMAK, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, and the Tate Britain in London.

Der Künstler David Hammons

  • Zeitgenössischer Künstler, der auf die Situation afroamerikanischer Menschen hinweist.
  • Sein öffentliches Porträt eines weißen Jesse Jackson zog internationales Interesse auf sich.
  • Body Prints und Fundstück-Assemblagen zeigen Einflüsse des Dadaismus und der Arte Povera.

1943 in Springfield, Illinois, geboren zog David Hammons 1962 nach Los Angeles und besuchte dort erst das California Institute of the Art, bevor er 1968 zum Otis Art Institute ging. Hammons führt mit seiner Kunst die politischen, sozialen und ökonomischen Missstände für afroamerikanische Menschen in den USA vor Augen: 1989 porträtierte er den Politiker und Bürgerrechtsaktivisten Jesse Jackson – auf einer öffentlichen Mauer mitten in Washington. Im Jahr zuvor hatte Jackson nur knapp die Vorwahlen zur Präsidentschaftskandidatur verloren. Hammons stellte den Schwarzen Politiker allerdings als weißen, blonden, blauäugigen Mann dar und versah das Bild mit der Frage »How Ya Like Me Now?« Die Aktion führte dazu, dass er der Kunstwelt auch international auffiel. 

Bevor der Künstler 1992 schließlich an der documenta IX teilnahm und man seinen Namen über Ländergrenzen hinweg kannte, teilte sich sein Werk vorrangig in zwei Bereiche: Seine Body-Prints (1960er und -70er Jahre) und seine Fundstück-Assemblagen (1980er Jahre). Auf den Body Prints bildete er seinen (manchmal auch andere) Körper ab, indem er Haut und Haare mit Margarine bestrich und sich auf lebensgroßes Papier drückte. Den Abdruck bestäubte er mit Pigmentpulver. 

Seine Assemblagen setzte er bewusst aus provokanten Materialien zusammen: Elefantenmist, Körperteile von Hühnern, Haarsträhnen und Flaschen mit billigem Wein fanden Einzug in seine Arbeiten. Mit ähnlichen Grundlagen gestaltet er auch Installationen und Performances. Die Arte Povera und der Dadaismus beeinflussten Hammons Arbeiten in dieser Schaffensphase. In den 80er Jahren machte Hammons sich auch einen Namen mit seinen öffentlichen Skulpturen, beispielsweise Higher Goals (1986). Sie stellt eine Reihe von bis zu neun Meter hohen Telefonmasten dar, die er mit Basketballkörben versehen und mit Mosaiken aus Kronkorken geschmückt hat

In jüngster Zeit fertigte er vermehrt Kool-Aid-Zeichnungen. Hammons lebt und arbeitet in New York. Seine Arbeiten befinden sich in den ständigen Sammlungen von Häusern wie der Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, dem Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, dem Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles, dem Museum of Modern Art in New York, dem Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, dem SMAK, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Gent oder der Tate Britain in London.

David Hammons - Hidden Drawing (Jordan begins 8th season as No. 1)
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20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
July 2020
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 181.250 USD
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David Hammons - The Man Nobody Killed
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First Open | Online
December 2019
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 3.500 USD
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David Hammons - The Holy Bible: Old Testament
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First Open | Online
July 2019
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 5.250 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session
May 2019
Christies, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 879.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
May 2019
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: not sold
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David Hammons - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
May 2019
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.800.000 - 2.500.000 USD
Realised: not sold
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David Hammons - Untitled, Circa 1969
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Made in California
May 2019
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 77.575 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled (Body Print)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
March 2019
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 300.000 - 400.000 GBP
Realised: 555.000 GBP
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David Hammons - African American Flag
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 2018
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.500.000 - 2.000.000 USD
Realised: 1.657.500 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
October 2018
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 GBP
Realised: 309.000 GBP
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David Hammons - Untitled
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Art for One Drop
September 2018
Phillips, New York Charity Auction
Est.: 600.000 - 1.000.000 USD
Realised: 880.000 USD
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David Hammons - Untitled
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
May 2018
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 180.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 212.500 USD
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