David Hammons

3 October 2014 – 3 January 2015, White Cube Mason's Yard, London

By Pavel S. Pyś

Untitled, 2014, mixed media on canvas and blue tarpaulin, 348 × 312 cm. © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London & São Paulo

For David Hammons, the context of his showing will inevitably foreground certain readings of his practice over others – a retrospective at New York’s MoMA will carry a different message to one at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His exhibition at White Cube is forced to grapple with questions of artwork and commodity, especially given the market’s recent voracious appetite for Hammons’s work. On the ground floor are four drawings, each made by repeatedly bouncing a sullied Spalding basketball against paper. Jutting…

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