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Property from a Private New York Collection

David Hammons

African American Flag

Auction Closed

November 16, 12:02 AM GMT


1,500,000 - 2,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Private New York Collection

David Hammons

b. 1943

African American Flag

signed and numbered 1/10 (upper right)

sewn fabric

94 ¾ by 60 ¾ in. 240.7 by 154.3 cm.

Executed in 1990, this work is number 1 from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Private Collection, New York (acquired in January 1991)

Acquired by descent from the above by the present owner

Exh. Cat., New York, Triple Candie, David Hammons: The Unauthorized Retrospective, 2006, n.p., illustrated (in installation at Jack Tilton Gallery and at P.S. 1 Museum) 

Connie Rogers Tilton and Lindsay Charlwood, eds., L.A. Object & David Hammons Body Prints, New York, 2011, p. 162, illustrated in color (in installation at Jack Tilton Gallery)

Victoria Valentine, “At MoMA PS1, David Hammons’s ‘African American Flag’ Beckons Visitors to ‘Greater New York’,” Culture Type, 11 October 2015 (online)

Claire Selvin, “The Broad Acquires David Hammons’ ‘African-American Flag,’ 50-Foot Long Mark Bradford Work,” ARTnews, 14 June 2019, illustrated in color (online)

“The Broad Acquires Major Works by Mark Bradford and David Hammons,” Artforum, 17 June 2019, illustrated in color (online)

Stephanie Becker, “‘This Is Not America’s Flag:’ Artworks Challenge What It Means To Be From The United States,” CNN, 2 June 2022, illustrated in color (online) 

Shauntay Robinson, “How a Celebrated Artist Redesigned the Stars and Stripes to Mark His Pride in Black America,” Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Ellen Shapiro, “Investigating the Legacy of David Hammons’ African-American Flag,” PRINT, 15 March 2023, illustrated in color (online)

New York, Jack Tilton Gallery, Who's Ice is Colder?, October - December 1990 (ed. no. unknown)

New York, MoMA PS1; Philadelphia, The Institute of Contemporary Art; and San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, David Hammons: Rousing the Rubble, December 1990 - November 1991, pp. 72-73, illustrated in color (in installation at Jack Tilton Gallery) (another example)

New York, MoMA PS1, Greater New York, October 2015 – March 2016 (another example)

Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, October 2017 - March 2018, p. 272, illustrated in color (another example)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Long Run, November 2017 - November 2018 (another example)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Collection 1940-1970s: Divided States of America Gallery, October 2021 - ongoing (another example)