DAVID HAMMONS @ BOURSE DE COMMERCE/PINAULT COLLECTION PARIS 19 MAY 2021- 1 JULY 2022
Francios Pinault is a wealthy French billionaire and collector of artists like Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas, and Rudolf Stingel. He had to wait twenty years to open the Pinault collection to the French public.
The Bourse de commerce is an old building that was used to trade commodities like grain. The building was also used as a stock exchange and address to the Paris chamber of commerce. Pinault transformed the building into a museum to show contemporary art in 2016 after the building was offered by the mayor of Paris. The Pinault collection, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic finally opened to the public in May 2021 with a retrospective of works by American Artist David Hammons. On view are installations, prints, and assemblages curated by Pinault.
I happened to be in Paris at the right moment. I only caught the show an hour before the place closed. It was exciting to see the work. A Black American artist in Paris. Everything was beautiful. I wish I had spent more time. I’m interested in Hammons because as an artist I want to make things that are pure, but also relate to my life as a Black American. I want to display a black aesthetic, but sometimes I just want to refrain from taking positions.
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