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The Holy Bible : Old Testament, 2002

Book

Black leather lining and gilt edges

11.81 x 9.45 x 0.98 in

30.0 x 24.0 x 2.5 cm

Edition of 165

This work is numbered and signed by the artist.

$11,790
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About The Work

The first bookwork in David Hammons’ unique and audacious oeuvre, The Holy Bible:Old Testament has puzzled critics and observers since its creation in 2002. A complete rebinding of Italian art historian Arturo Schwarz’s 1969 book The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp as a golden edged Bible, the piece touches on nearly every element of appropriation and its use in art making. While some consider the piece a critique of Duchamp’s practice, others see provocative parody, or even genuine homage. Whatever the interpretation, Hammons succeeds in pushing boundaries with this compelling and humorous work.

About David Hammons

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