New York Times

Career Surveys for David Hammons and Adrian Piper
December 10, 2015

Just about every gallery and museum would like to have a David Hammons show.


But that artist is famously particular and elusive. So the Mnuchin Gallery feels fortunate to be mounting a 50-year career survey of Mr. Hammons with his blessing.

 

“We talked about this at length,” said the longtime dealer Robert Mnuchin. “If he said, ‘I don’t want you doing this show,’ we would not have done it.”


The show, from March 15 through May 27, will offer a sampling of about 40 works, most on loan from museums and private collections. (Fewer than 10 will be for sale.)


The exhibition will include the recognizable — one of Mr. Hammons’s basketball hoop chandeliers and his tarp paintings — and the more recent, like a 2014 tangerine-tinted sculpture made of glass, wood, nails and acrylic, titled “Orange Is the New Black.”

 

“He’s been a real bridge between the modernists and more contemporary artists,” said Sukanya Rajaratnam, Mr. Mnuchin’s business partner.


“But he is as much an important African-American artist as he is a successor to Duchamp and to Arte Povera in his use of found objects and unorthodox materials.”


The Mnuchin Gallery has mounted two previous shows of Mr. Hammons’s work, in 2007 and in 2011. “Once we got involved with Hammons, we were Hammonized,” Mr. Mnuchin said.