Los Angeles

View of “David Hammons,” 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

View of “David Hammons,” 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

David Hammons

Hauser & Wirth | Los Angeles

In a 1998 profile of David Hammons in these pages, Manthia Diawara observed, “The use of art against art is, of course, a familiar strategy by now, but what remains interesting is what becomes of the artist in his rebellion against convention. . . . In one sense, aura is everything in Hammons’s art.” For an artist known for refusal, Hammons projected a surprisingly strong aura in this loose retrospective, his first exhibition in Los Angeles in forty-five years. New and older sculptures, paintings, installations, found objects, archival ephemera, and works and films by other artists sprawled over more than a dozen subdivisions of the gallery, as well as Hauser & Wirth’s exterior courtyard, breezeway, and garden. Many well-known works were on view—including one of the untitled rock head sculptures that the artist was making in the 1990s and early 2000s—and others were invoked. Hammons’s 1983

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