Library Post: David Hammons and His Blizzard Ball Sale

David Hammons’ performance piece, Bliz-aard and Ball Sale, 1983

While flipping through the Jefferson Market Library’s copy of Art Forum, I came across an article about David Hammons entitled “The Snowball Effect.” Art Forum has a paywall, so if you don’t have a subscription, you can read a little more about Hammons’ piece here.

Reading that Art Forum write-up reminded me that advertisers steal from artists—not the other way around. It reminded me that anything can be commoditized, and anything sold by an artist of color is viewed as less valuable. The best art is art that holds traditionally-held beliefs to task. The best art is political.

PS – Some photos of the Jefferson Market Library in case you’ve never been. It’s something special.