Phat Free

David Hammons American

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Part shaman, part huckster, Hammons has sold snowballs on an uptown sidewalk; created elegant, slightly less ephemeral sculpture from chicken bones and human hair gathered from a Harlem barbershop; and exhibited a billboard portrait of Jesse Jackson in whiteface outside the 1990 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Both raucous and haunting, Phat Free is the artist's only video.

Phat Free, David Hammons (American, born 1943), Single-channel digital video, transferred from video tape, color, sound, 5 min., 4 sec.

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