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Drawing Papers 144

David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979

Now internationally renowned for his three-dimensional assemblages, performances, and large-scale installations, David Hammons (b. 1943) began his career with a series of monoprints created with impressions of his own body combined with silkscreens and collaged found objects. David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 is the first publication to focus exclusively on these pivotal early works on paper in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. Together, the thirty-two body prints highlighted in this volume introduce the major themes of a fifty-year career that has become central to the history of postwar American art. This edition of the Drawing Papers series features a conversation between curator and activist Linda Goode Bryant and artist Senga Nengudi, as well as a photo essay by photographer Bruce W. Talamon, who documented David Hammons at work in his Los Angeles studio in 1974.


  • Year 2021
  • Contributors Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Hoptman, Senga Nengudi, Bruce W. Talamon
  • Artists David Hammons
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 137

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