DAVID HAMMONS: BODY PRINTS, 1968–1979 (EXPANDED AND REVISED 2nd EDITION)
(HAMMONS, DAVID) revised introduction by Laura Hoptman. Conversation by Linda Goode Bryant and Senga Nengudi. Photo essay by Bruce W. Talamon. The Drawing Center, I00210804. Second Edition. 6 x 9 in., 144 pages. Paperback. New/No Jacket - As Issued.
The first book dedicated to these pivotal early works on paper, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. Hammons created the body prints by greasing his own body—or that of another person—with substances including margarine and baby oil, pressing or rolling body parts against paper, and sprinkling the surface with charcoal and powdered pigment. The resulting impressions are intimately direct indexes of faces, skin, and hair that exist somewhere between spectral portraits and physical traces. Hammons’ body prints represent the origin of his artistic language, one that has developed over a long and continuing career and that emphasizes both the artifacts and subjects of contemporary Black life in the United States.
More than a half century after they were made, these early works on paper exemplify Hammons’ celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body, and his biting critique of racial oppression. The 32 body prints highlighted in this volume introduce the major themes of a 50-year career that has become central to the history of postwar American art.
This edition features a conversation between curator and activist Linda Goode Bryant and artist Senga Nengudi, as well as a photo essay by photographer Bruce W. Talamon, who documented David Hammons at work in his Los Angeles studio in 1974. The publication is expanded from its first edition to include reproductions of a selection of rarely-seen body prints that Hammons added from his personal collection to the exhibition during its final weeks. The publication also features a revised introduction by Laura Hoptman to mark the unique expansion of the exhibition. 9780942324419 Inventory Number: I00210804