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© David Hammons
On View:Stockholm
David Hammons
Born 1943
United States African Stand, 1991
Afrikansk ställning
Painted wooden masks, plastic bucket with cement, wood stud, metal bracket, scale
225 x 110 x 35 cm
Purchase 2000
MOM/2000/6 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
David Hammons has placed masks that are recognisably “African” in a plastic can with black paint smears. The masks prop up a stand for hanging scales with a pan holding further masks. The title could refer to “taking a stand”. But stand also means a market stall or an exhibition cabinet. The allusion to the colonial history of the USA and Europe, and the time when Africans were enslaved and sold as commodities is obvious. Hammons began his artistic career as part of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s, and went to Harlem, New York, after studying art in Los Angeles. Although his works have long been sold on the international art market, he often expresses his aversion to the commercial art scene.
- Exhibition history
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