30 Americans: David Hammons

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20 Days to 30 Americans

(born 1943)

Bliz-aard Ball Sale is one of David Hammons’s most famous and influential performance art pieces. In 1983 he sold snowballs of varying sizes and prices alongside other street vendors in Manhattan during a winter snowstorm. The satirical performance commented on the U.S. capitalism system, the classist nature of the high-art world, and the superficial value of “whiteness” in U.S. racial politics. Hammons mostly creates art on the street, and for the people who live on those streets, for in his opinion: “The art audience is the worst audience in the world. It’s overly educated, it’s conservative, it’s out to criticize, not to understand, and it never has any fun. Why should I spend my time playing to that audience?”

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.

David Hammons

photo: Milwaukee Art Museum, http://mam.org/

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