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David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale

By: Elena Filipovic


Publisher: Afterall Books

157 Pages

Following her extensive research, Elena Filipovic positions David Hammons’s iconic work Bliz-aard Ball Sale at the fringe of the art world and the centre of racialised politics in America.

One wintry day in 1983, David Hammons peddled snowballs of various sizes. He laid them out in graduated rows and spent the day acting as obliging salesman. Calling the unannounced street action Bliz-aard Ball Sale, he inscribed it into a body of work that, from the late 1960s to the present, has used a lexicon of discreet actions and consciously ‘black’ materials to comment on the nature of the artwork, the art world and race in America.

Although Bliz-aard Ball Sale has been frequently cited and is increasingly influential, it has long been known only through scant descriptions and a handful of photographs. In this engaging study, Elena Filipovic collects a vast oral history of the ephemeral work, uncovering rare images and documents, and giving us singular insight into an elusive artist who has made an art of making himself difficult to find.

“With the frostbitten persistence of an arctic explorer, Filipovic ‘stalks’ the various sites and syncopations that make up the work, providing new interviews with Hammons and his collaborators; first-hand accounts of the sale; lively analysis of the photographic and archival record, much of it never previously brought to light; as well as tales of the snowballs’ elusive afterlives” – Bruce Hainley, 2018.

This title is part of the One Work book series, which focuses on the artworks that have significantly shaped the way we understand art and its history.

157 pages, 21 cm x 15 cm, paper cover, Afterall Books


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