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L.A. Object

L.A. Object

& David Hammons Body Prints

David Hammons
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L.A. Object offers a historical overview of the Los Angeles assemblage movement of the 1960s and 70s. It focuses on works by primarily African-American artists often omitted from mainstream gallery and museum historical exhibitions who were working during the civil rights movement, the 1965 Watts riots and the era's general social and cultural upheaval: Ed Bereal, Wallace Berman, Nathaniel Bustion, Alonzo Davis, Dale Brockman Davis, Charles Dickson, Mel Edwards, David Hammons, Daniel La Rue Johnson, Ed Kienholz, Ron Miyashiro, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, Joe Ray, Betye Saar, Kenzi Shiokava and Timothy Washington. Central to this book are the unique body prints of David Hammons--ironic, often political commentaries relevant to the African-American experience that are presented for the first time within the context from which they arose. Also included are photographic contributions by Bruce Talamon and Harry Drinkwater.

Born in 1943 in Springfield, Illinois, David Hammons moved to Los Angeles in 1963 at the age of 20 and began making his body prints several years later. He studied at Otis Art Institute with Charles White and became part of a younger generation of Black avant-garde artists loosely associated with the Black Arts Movement. He moved to New York in 1978.

Yael Lipschutz  (Author), Tobias Wofford (Author), Kellie Jones (Author), Dale Davis (Author), Josine Ianco-Starrels (Author), Steve Cannon (Author), Connie Rogers Tilton (Editor), Lindsay Charlwood (Editor)


  • Publisher: Tilton Gallery (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1427613745
  • ISBN-13: 9781427613745
  • Item Weight: 5.35 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 10.3 inches
  • LA Object
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