Hammer Blog

  • Francis Upritchard's Figurative Sculptures

    Francis Upritchard's Figurative Sculptures

    Francis Upritchard has been making figurative sculptures—primarily using wire frames covered with a polymer modeling material that is then baked and painted—since 2006. Some hail from long-ago eras—protagonists of medieval mythology like the knight, the harlequin, the jester—while others are from the more recent past—beatniks, hippies, and other nonconformists.

  • The Tidy Kitchen

    The Tidy Kitchen

    Unless you happened to be outside the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1973, when Mierle Laderman Ukeles spent four hours scrubbing the stairs leading to the museum’s main entrance, or you attended the opening of Janine Antoni’s exhibition at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London in 1993, when the artist got on her hands and knees and mopped the floor with her hair, it is unlikely that you’ve entered a museum or gallery to be confronted by the quotidian subject of cleaning and maintaining the spaces in which we live and work.

  • Pedro Reyes and The People’s United Nations

    Pedro Reyes and The People’s United Nations

    If recent headlines are a reliable barometer of the state of the world— “43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico’s Police”; “Egyptian Judges Drop All Charges against Mubarak”; “Boehner Says Obama’s Immigration Action Damages Presidency”; “U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming”— then it seems that we are living in an age of intense violence, unbridled corruption, purposeful gridlock, and such persistent environmental degradation that frequent drought, flooding, and hurricanes have become the new normal.

  • Remembering Robert Heinecken

    Remembering Robert Heinecken

    Much has been written about his professional work. I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy his artistic process through visitations and dialogue with Robert long after my graduate school experience. He taught us all by example what the “heart of an artist” is. Art making was a joy to this artist. This I will never forget and I often think of what Robert would say as I make work today.

  • Robert Heinecken’s Layers

    Robert Heinecken’s Layers

    Throughout his career, Robert Heinecken produced works that invariably incorporated photographic imagery. In the early 1960s he founded UCLA’s photography department, one of the first of its kind, and remained closely involved in professional photographic associations. Yet he did not label himself a photographer, preferring instead “photographist” and “paraphotographer” to describe his artistic activities.

  • Public Engagement Flash Talk Reflections: Tom Danon on Mario Garcia Torres

    Public Engagement Flash Talk Reflections: Tom Danon on Mario Garcia Torres

    Editing is a hard business to define: is it an art, a craft, a science? It’s all those things, and a pretty boring technical process, too. One typical assumption about editing is that the editor’s job is just taking out the bad parts. To most editors this is a profoundly annoying assumption. Not just because it is 100% wrong, but also because it’s pretty much right, too.