David Hammons. Untitled. 1969

David Hammons Untitled 1969

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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.
Pigment on board
36 1/4 x 25 1/8" (92 x 63.8 cm)
The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, the General Print Fund, and Committee on Drawings Funds
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© 2021 David Hammons
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