Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006
David Hammons
(Springfield, Illinois, 1943- )
Lives and works in New York City

David Hammons' work is centered in the black urban experience, and he often uses sarcasm as a means of confronting cultural stereotypes and racial issues. Having once said that the Harlem neighborhood of New York City is as rich in ruins as Rome, he has collected rocks and other 'artifacts' in Harlem and used them in his work. Rock Head is a smooth, elongated oval boulder found in Harlem, upon which hair swept from a Harlem barbershop floor has been glued, then given a haircut by the same barber. The significance of hair within African American culture and the social importance of the male barbershop are also powerfully evoked in this work.
Rock Head, 2004
Mixed media, 10 1/2 x 13 x 7 in.
David Hammons, Rock Head
David Hammons, Rock Head
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