Hammer Blog

  • Hirsch Perlman Photo Added to Contemporary Collection

    Hirsch Perlman Operation Idiocracy, Roll 3, Frames 3/4, 2007 Chromogenic print 56 x 63 in. (142.24 x 160 cm) framed Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles   The Hammer recently added Hirsch Perlman’s 2007 photograph Operation Idiocracy, Roll 3, Frames 3/4, to the Hammer Contemporary Collection. For this series, Perlman created pictures documenting isolated explosions of his own making on his Los Angeles rooftop. This image was shot on one of the last few nights that he still had a rooftop studio (his landlord evicted him soon after). Only two in the series of roughly 30 black-and-white images are from actual “rooftop” negatives; the rest were shot after he moved the project indoors. Perlman colorized only two images in the series (all the negatives are b/w), which he printed himself in a larger format that he hoped would “accentuate the ‘cartoonyness.’ They seem

  • Beijing & Guangzhou

    In just over one weeks time eight different cities in China and Asia hosted at least five contemporary art fairs, 4 biennials, and 3 triennials; Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Gwangzhu, Yokohama, Taipei, and Singapore.

  • Kara Walker's Video Installation Added to Collection

      Kara Walker’s most recent video installation, …calling to me from the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea, I was transported, has recently been jointly acquired by the Hammer Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This five screen projection was completed by the artist in spring 2007 and premiered at the Venice Biennale that summer, before being added to her retrospective and shown at the Whitney Museum and the Hammer Museum. While best known for her monumental black cut-paper silhouettes mounted on walls, Walker has been making short films since 2004, and three of these works were included in the survey of her work at the Hammer. The newest work includes silhouettes of flat hand puppets depicting haunting emotional vignettes. For the first time Walker has set these black figures against intensely colored backgrounds, further set off by a soundtrack of music by

  • Overlooking 798

    From the moment I landed in Beijing on April 7th it has been non-stop gallery and museum openings, traveling, lunches and dinners with artists, gallerists, curators, and collectors. I have made many studio visits, attended a panel discussion and performance at Beijing University on the issues of art and censorship led by the students of the law department and the heads of art departments from the top art institutes of China.