Harmony Hammond

Rims (Dark Red on Light Red) (2011)
Monotype on paper
13h x 10.5w in (33h x 26.7w cm)
Rims (Dark Red on Light Red) (2011)
Monotype on paper
13h x 10.5w in (33h x 26.7w cm)
Fraggle (2014)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
48.5h x 58.5w in (123.2h x 148.6w cm)
Fraggle (2014)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
48.5h x 58.5w in (123.2h x 148.6w cm)
Bandaged Grid #1 (2015)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
44.25h x 76.5w x 2.5d in (112.4h x 194.3w x 6.4d cm)
Bandaged Grid #1 (2015)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
44.25h x 76.5w x 2.5d in (112.4h x 194.3w x 6.4d cm)
Naples Grid (2015)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
80.25h x 54.5w x 3d in (203.8h x 138.4w x 7.6d cm)
Naples Grid (2015)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
80.25h x 54.5w x 3d in (203.8h x 138.4w x 7.6d cm)
In Her Absence (1981)
Mixed media
34h x 86w in (86.4h x 218.4w cm)
In Her Absence (1981)
Mixed media
34h x 86w in (86.4h x 218.4w cm)
White Rims #2 (2015)
Monotype on Twinrocker paper with metal grommets
47h x 33.5w in (119.4h x 85.1w cm)
White Rims #2 (2015)
Monotype on Twinrocker paper with metal grommets
47h x 33.5w in (119.4h x 85.1w cm)
White Rims #1 (2015)
Monotype on Twinrocker paper with metal grommets
47h x 33.5w in (119.4h x 85.1w cm)
White Rims #1 (2015)
Monotype on Twinrocker paper with metal grommets
47h x 33.5w in (119.4h x 85.1w cm)
Koster (1975)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
24h x 38w in (60.96h x 96.52w cm)
Koster (1975)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
24h x 38w in (60.96h x 96.52w cm)
Kypros Born (1975)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
24h x 38w in (60.96h x 96.52w cm)
Kypros Born (1975)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
24h x 38w in (60.96h x 96.52w cm)
An Oval Braid (1972)
Charcoal on paper
25h x 38w in (63.5h x 96.5w cm)
An Oval Braid (1972)
Charcoal on paper
25h x 38w in (63.5h x 96.5w cm)
Buffer (2011)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
44.5h x 50.5w in (113.03h x 128.27w cm)
Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art
Buffer (2011)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
44.5h x 50.5w in (113.03h x 128.27w cm)
Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art
Untitled (1971)
Mixed Media
28.5h x 23.5w in (72.4h x 59.7w cm)
Untitled (1971)
Mixed Media
28.5h x 23.5w in (72.4h x 59.7w cm)
Bitteroot (1976)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
15h x 60w in (38.1h x 152.4w cm)
Bitteroot (1976)
Oil and Dorland's wax on canvas
15h x 60w in (38.1h x 152.4w cm)
Spillway (2014)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
91h x 71w in (231.1h x 180.3w cm)
Spillway (2014)
Oil and mixed media on canvas
91h x 71w in (231.1h x 180.3w cm)

Biography

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Harmony Hammond (b.1944) was a leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s. She attended the University of Minnesota from 1963–67, before moving to New York in 1969. She was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York (1972) and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics (1976). Since 1984, Hammond has lived and worked in northern New Mexico, teaching at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1989–2006. Hammond’s earliest feminist work combined gender politics with post-minimal concerns of materials and process, frequently occupying a space between painting and sculpture.

For years, she worked with found and repurposed materials and objects such as rags, straw, latex rubber, hair, linoleum, roofing tin, and burnt wood as well as buckets, gutters and water troughs as a means to introduce content into the world of abstraction. Hammond’s near-monochrome paintings of the last decade participate in the narrative of modernist abstraction at the same time as they insist on an oppositional discourse of feminist and queer content. Their focus on materiality and the indexical, suggesting topographies of body and place, derives from and remains in conversation with, her feminist work of the 1970s. A second ongoing series of overtly political work in various media ranging from bronze sculpture to digital prints, deals with issues of intolerance, censorship and self-censorship.

Hammond’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA (2015); RedLine Art Space, Denver, CO (2014); National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. (2011); MoMA PS1 (2008); Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2008); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2007); Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2007); SITE Santa Fe, NM (2002); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (1996); Brooklyn Museum, New York (1985); New Museum, New York (1982), Downtown Whitney Museum, New York (1978), Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (1968); among others.

Hammond’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; and the Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; among others. Hammond’s book, Wrappings: Essays on Feminism, Art and the Martial Arts, (TSL Press, 1984) is considered a seminal publication on 1970s Feminist art; her groundbreaking book Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (Rizzoli, 2000) received a Lambda Literary Award. In 2013, Hammond was honored with the College Art Association’s Distinguished Feminist Award.

Articles / Reviews

  • Hammond ARTnews  September 14, 2016  PDF 171 K
  • Hammond Artforum  September 14, 2016  PDF 51 K
  • Hammond Brooklyn Rail  June 3, 2016  PDF 269 K
  • Hammond Artforum  May 27, 2016  PDF 263 K
  • Hammond Hyperallergic  May 12, 2016  PDF 559 K
  • Hammond The Archive  Spring 2015  PDF 531 K
  • Hammond Denver Westword  September 24, 2014  PDF 302 K
  • Hammond Denver Westword  September 3, 2014  PDF 284 K
  • Hammond Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Brochure    PDF 194 K
  • Hammond New York Times  November 14, 2013  PDF 130 K
  • Hammond Wall Street Journal  November 8, 2013  PDF 265 K
  • Hammond Exhibition Catalogue October 23, 2013    PDF 1.1 MB
  • Hammond Art in America  January 24, 2012  PDF 623 K
  • Hammond Artforum.com  November 6, 2011  PDF 109 K
  • Hammond Dissent Magazine  October 17, 2011  PDF 156 K
  • Hammond We Who Feel Differently  March 6, 2011  PDF 595 K
  • Hammond THE Magazine  January 2011  PDF 1.2 MB
  • Hammond Art21 Magazine  August 5, 2010  PDF 204 K
  • Hammond Exitbook  Summer 2008  PDF 16 MB
  • Hammond THE Magazine  October 2007  PDF 306 K
  • Hammond Washington Post  September 22, 2007  PDF 377 K
  • Hammond New York Times  March 9, 2007  PDF 159 K
  • Hammond Los Angeles Times  March 5, 2007  PDF 69 K
  • Hammond New York Times  February 16, 2007  PDF 119 K
  • Hammond Brooklyn Rail  February 2007  PDF 209 K
  • Hammond Artnet Magazine  February-April 2007  PDF 411 K
  • Hammond Washington Post  December 25, 2006  PDF 237 K
  • Hammond New York Times  January 8, 2006  PDF 85 K
  • Hammond NY Arts Magazine  March-April 2005  PDF 148 K
  • Hammond THE Magazine  December 2004  PDF 31 K
  • Hammond Seattle Times  February 27, 2004  PDF 151 K
  • Hammond Seattle Post Intelligencer  February 26, 2004  PDF 95 K
  • Hammond New York Times  March 2, 2003  PDF 80 K
  • Hammond New York Times  October 11, 2002  PDF 100 K
  • Hammond New York Times  May 1, 1998  PDF 75 K
  • Hammond New York Times  June 27, 1997  PDF 75 K
  • Hammond New York Times  March 26, 1995  PDF 99 K
  • Hammond New York Times  March 17, 1995  PDF 98 K
  • Hammond Arts Magazine  March 1976  PDF 2.6 MB