David Hammons, Untitled, 2010, mixed media, 92 x 72".

David Hammons

L&M Arts | New York

David Hammons, Untitled, 2010, mixed media, 92 x 72".

In 2007, David Hammons made a show at L & M Arts on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Collaborating with his wife, Chie Hammons, he installed six fur coats on dressmaker’s dummies; each fur looked fine from the front, but was grotesquely charred or glopped with paint or plaster at the back. For this recent exhibition—his first since then—Hammons returned to L & M’s neo-Georgian town house with another not-subtle, not-simple caricature of luxury goods and fetishism. If the coats were conceived as post-Duchampian sculpture, their burns and drips the Hammonses’ R. Mutt in quotation marks, then the new show turned to look at painting since, say, 1945. Veiling and revelation, preciousness and transgression, individualist marks and ready-made forms were again at issue. First I was disappointed; it all seemed obvious. Then I was amused; the guy remains an elegant gadfly. Finally I

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