IN New York

Biting Elegance
May 11, 2016

By Terry Trucco

 

Renowned for influential, idiosyncratic conceptual work addressing race and power in America, Illinois-born David Hammons is art's Greta Garbo, forgoing interviews and exhibiting rarely. That makes "Five Decades" an event. In this biting but elegant 33-piece retrospective set to Japanese court music, Hammons' gimlet eye transforms the gallery's white-walled East Side town house, pairing, among other things, a paint-splashed fur coat with a boarded- over mirror and redefining the meaning of art.