Ciudad de México: Alias, 2011. First Edition. Paperback. 88p., wrps. New. Item #79878
David Hammons is an African-American artist, best known for "doing things in the streets" around Brooklyn and Harlem, New York, who places himself somewhere between arte povera and Marcel Duchamp. Hammons creates his work from the rubbish and detritus of African-American community life, such as chicken wings, Night Train liquor bottles, strands of curly hair, bottle caps, and so on. His artful and refined sculptures, as well as his installations, performances, and body prints all feed into his critical view of racism and cultural stereotypes.
This book was translated by Abraham Cruzvillegas from reading the texts aloud. It brings together the essays that Tom Finkelpearl, Alanna Heiss, Kellie Jones and Robert Farris Thompson wrote for the catalog of the artist's retrospective in 1991, as well as a short text by Lynne Cooke and an interview with Hammons, by Louise Neri, published in the magazine Parkett in 1992.