David Hammons at L & M

February 24th, 2011

Artist: David Hammons

Venue: L & M, New York

Date: January 26 – March 4, 2011

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4 Responses to “David Hammons at L & M”

  1. Heart Says:

    Best show of the year by a long shot.

  2. MB Says:

    Critical Note 7.33 (February 22, 2011) Hammons celebrates Black History Month at L & M Arts with a deconstruction of Abstract Expressionism. As Derrida pointed out, meaning is always escaping the sense that tries to contain it, making it all the more difficult to know for sure what artists are saying with any particular reliability. Notwithstanding this limitation, there are consistent, historical recurrences and artistic propensities that inform this practice and provide insight into its current iteration at L& M.

    Like Miles, the artist plays with his back to the audience, blowing dissonant riffs and performed silences for an artworld that kept him in the street fields of the ghetto and out of the big house of culture for all those years. But evasion and avoidance while strategically effective early on, became all too predictable and anticipated.

    So now, after putting his audience in aesthetic timeout, by turning off the lights at Ace, he appears to be reconnecting with earlier forms of crudeness and indecorum associated with the urine and feces performances, that defiled the revered symbols of American culture (cf. Pissed Off and Elephant Dung Sculptures).

    It seems with the current L & M exhibition, an entire art movement is caught up and put at risk, namely Abstract Expressionism by being placed literally in trash bags. Part of the brilliance and power of this exhibition for me lies in its ability to alchemically transform what was once discarded, into paintings valued at between $500,000 and 1.2 million. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how well Western art can hold up under conditions of disturbance.

  3. Theodore A. Harris Says:


    Has made this exhibition more clear to me with this review. I like it for its use of poetics, which helps us read the poetry in his visual language of his, what I have coined as “Surface Politics”.
    David Hammons is a great artist, because his work is about looking deeper!!

    PS Where can I find more of MB’s writings?

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