David Hammons Is On Our Mind
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The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, an exhibition space and research institute in San Francisco, dedicates year-long seasons of discussions and public events to a single artist. In 2016-17, the American artist David Hammons (born 1943) was “on our mind". This book presents Hammons's work, in particular, a series of photographs the artist sent to the Wattis Institute in 2017, interspersed with texts by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and the writer and critic Fred Moten. The book begins with the previously unpublished transcript of a rare artist talk given by Hammons in 1994 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on the occasion of his exhibition there. Much like Hammons’s work, this publication raises more questions than answers. Rather than functioning as a comprehensive introduction to the artist, David Hammons Is on Our Mind offers visual and textual elements that relate obliquely to the enigmatic artist’s oeuvre.
ISBN 9780984960941. CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art.