David Hammons (American, b. 1943)
Obama Shrine (54/150), 2012
Four color screenprint
9 x 14 in
Signed "Hammons" and dated "'12", lower right; numbered "54/150", lower left by the artist. Publisher blind-stamp, lower right. From the suite of prints by 19 artists for Obama, Printed by Gemini G.E.L. Excellent condition. Framed. David Hammon's oeuvre is marked with qualified skepticism. Employing sarcastic undertones, his works describe Black urban experience as a means to address racial issues and topics. This work, "Obama Shrine - 16th Century - Obama, Japan" recalls an interview in 2006 when, then Senator Barack Obama, was noted to share a name with the Japanese port city of Obama, Japan. This relationship spurred national attention, and became the focus of Hammon's print. Notably, "Obama Shrine - 16th Century - Obama, Japan" was created for the portfolio of works entitled "Artists for Obama," a fundraising campaign for the Democratic National Convention in 2012 by artist workshop and print studio, Gemini G.E.L.