David Hammons is a hero of mine. If you’ve never read this, you should:
I must admit, one reason why I love David Hammons is because he seems to not care about a lot of things young people care about, when they are leaving art schools. Easy for him to say the Whitney needs him! And look at these luscious fur coats!
But really. Remember that piece, Concerto in Black and Blue? Or that he sold snow balls outside of Cooper? Amazing. His work comments on the world and the place he inhabits within it–one where he felt he couldn’t make work about light but can “destroy” fur coats. His work always makes me question possession. I can’t help but wonder who an object would belong to. It’s like whatever he takes to make something new out of has a rich economic life of its own and he is disrupting it to make us consider the value we place on things. And when he gives us less to hold on to, like in Concerto in Black and Blue, we still think about these questions of value.