David Hammons, “Close Your Eyes and See Black” (c. 1970) I think I like most art that involves a good torso print, and the gold doesn’t hurt either. Close Your Eyes and See Black (106 × 77.8 cm). - Mar 07,2021, Gallery Baton America Is Hard to See. Literature Art African American Art Artist My Arts Art Various Artists Artwork American Art Sketches Promised gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody in honor of David Hammons and Day’s End P.2018.264. Created at the height of the 1960s Black Power movement, Hammons’s potent broadcast of his body was to place black identity boldly at the center of the picture. The serious political drive of Hammons’s work is offset by a fondness for puns, both visual and verbal. How many times has your Momma told you to get yourself some grease ’cause your legs are ashy?” (G. Coker, “Human Pegs/Pole Dreams,” Village Voice, 28 September 1982, p. 79). By quite literally making a print of himself, Hammons collapses any easy distinction between artist and message, presenting his own physical being for the viewer’s assessment: he is both the object of meaning and the creator of the object. Ink, graphite, and body print on paperboard, overall: 39 1/2 × 27 5/8in. (106 × 77.8 cm), Credit linePromised gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody in honor of David Hammons and Day’s End, Rights and reproductions Object & David Hammons Body Prints, exh. Image © 2016 Christie’s Images Limited. Prints, Medium Unlike Yves Klein’s body prints, which tended toward abstraction and used the anonymous female body as a performative instrument, the exacting image of Hammons’s broad nose and lips—like his emphasis upon his hair in other works of the series—insists on an almost forensic specificity, underscored by the hints of measurement in the work’s ruled horizontal lines. Salon 94, New York Cypria Auctions Nov 26,2020 Instead, the impression of Hammons’s face—eyes hidden by his hands—is superimposed upon his chest, creating a surreal bodily juxtaposition. Ink, graphite, and body print on paperboard, DimensionsOverall: 39 1/2 × 27 5/8in. Private collection, Los Angeles, acquired directly from the artist While his almost shamanistic use of the ephemeral relics of black existence—chicken bones, basketball hoops, afro hair—links him to Duchamp, Surrealism and the Arte Povera movement, his is a life lived on the margins, and his objects are born of liminal experience. Jack Tilton Gallery, New York - Jan 08,2021, ink, graphite and body print on paperboard, Please note that this site uses cookies. Rome | Italy Dec 16, 2020, Sworders David Hammons’s Close Your Eyes and See Black (1969) is a beautiful and haunting example of the artist’s seminal “body print” series. 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Nov 25,2020 David Hammons (B. I’ve never ever liked art, ever” (D. Hammons, quoted in K. Jones, “The Structure of Myth and the Potency of Magic,” 1991, in EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, 2011, p. 145). Browse Widewalls and discover more auction records by David Hammons, with prices and details of each lot! signed and dated 'David Hammons 69' (lower right) Total Sold Value $6,406,460 In closing his eyes to the rest of the world, does Hammons find an autonomous zone of expression? © David Hammons (100.3 x 70.1 cm.) Total Sold Value $5,693,305 View Close Your Eyes and See Black by David Hammons on artnet. (100.3 x 70.1 cm. © David Hammons, A 30-second online art project: Mar 7–May 25, 2014 Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions. (100.3 × 70.2 cm) Frame: 41 3/4 × 30 5/8in. For more information, see our, What's Happening in the Art World in November, Select a different artwork to unlock, go to artist's artworks page >>, Coat of a priest with pictures of children - David Hammons, Free sale info for 1 artwork at your choice, Receive alerts on upcoming lots, sold lots, exhibitions and articles – up to 400 followed artists, Have unlimited access to our auction price database. Browse upcoming and past auction lots by David Hammons. $59,889 - 90,704 While signs of racial “otherness” have long been used to subjugate Black people, they can also stand as an index of collective identity and strength. Courtesy Lisa and Michael Evans. $275,014 - 409,055 Image © 2016 Christie’s Images Limited. Close Your Eyes and See Black by David Hammons. Nonetheless, his delicate and powerful alchemy of objects has made him one of America’s most prominent and sought-after artists. Est. 39 1/2 x 27 5/8 in. View Close Your Eyes and See Black (1969) By David Hammons; ink, graphite and body print on paperboard; 39 1/2 x 27 5/8 in.