David Hammons. Untitled. 1969

David Hammons

Untitled

1969

Medium
Pigment on board
Dimensions
36 1/4 x 25 1/8" (92 x 63.8 cm)
Credit
The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, the General Print Fund, and Committee on Drawings Funds
Object number
592.2009
Copyright
© 2017 David Hammons
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
David Hammons has 18 works  online.
There are 14,978 drawings online.

From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s Hammons made a series of "body prints" by pressing his skin and clothing, smeared with grease or margarine, against a board or a sheet of paper and then sprinkling the surface with graphite or pigment. This early example is a haunting image of the artist in profile with his hands joined in prayer. Created during a time of nationwide protests, race riots, and demonstrations against the Vietnam War, these works may reflect what Hammons described in the 1960s as his “moral obligation as a black artist to try to graphically document what I feel socially.”

Gallery label from Contemporary Art from the Collection, June 30, 2010–September 12, 2011

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