I SPY: Higher Goals

Apr 13, 2016

Do you know whose last basketball game is tonight?  Kobe Bryant, the Lakers NBA super star.  The only reason I know this is because I live with two boys who are sports obsessed and dominate the TV in my house.  Yup, ball is life for these kids, and ball has become money for me!  So yeah, you know I'm watching when my a$$ is on the line!!  Anyone want to bet against me?  I'm claiming dibs on the Lakers and if I win I want this as my prize!

Basketball Chandelier - 1997 - 162 x 61 x 20 inches

How cool would that look in my living room?  I won't allow my boys to get a hoop outside our garage, but THIS could be the compromise, even though it's obviously not practical!  HA.  It's just too amazingly gorgeous to pass up though.  It's a cross between a crystal chandelier, candelabra and a novelty hoop, fitted on an industrial pipe, suited for a diva like ME.

Beautiful right?  It is designed by artist David Hammons, part of his Five Decades exhibition going on now at Mnuchin Gallery till May 27, 2016.  In the 80's Hammons became known for his public sculptures in New York, named Higher Goals.  It was funded by the Public Art Fund , and consisted of five 20-30 foot telephone poles topped with basketball hoops adorned in beer bottle caps.  It was a success and this encouraged him to continue exploring the theme of basketball which is how the above Basketball Chandelier and these other basketball inspired arts were created.

Untitled - 1987 - Wood, Wire, Rubber Balls & Bottle Caps - 93 x 48 x 17.5 inches

Bird - 1990 - Painted Metal, Wire, Basketball, & Feathers - 73 x 23 x 14 inches

There are also plenty of other eye candy included in this current exhibit that's non basketball related.  Many of his works address the experience of African American lives in the American society.  His piece 'In The Hood' of the top of a hooded sweatshirt seen below may ring some bells?  It's iconic for it became a popular photo seen frequently in social media by the Black Lives Matter advocates, when Trayvon Martin the Florida teen who was wearing a hoodie at the time of his death was tragically murdered, back in 2012.

Champ - 1989 - Rubber Inner Tube & Boxing Gloves - 66 x 19 x 27 inches
Fur Coat - 2007 - Fur Coat, Paint & Dressmakers Dummy - 73 x 25 x 17 inches
Untitled - 2014 - Glass Mirror, Wood & Plaster Frame, Galvanized Steel - 128.5 x 52 x 10 inches
In The Hood - 1993 - Athletic Sweatshirt Hood With Wire - 23 x 10 x 5 inches

Untitled - 1992 - Human Hair, Wire, Metallic Mylar, Sledge Hammer, Plastic Beads, String, Metal Food Tin, Panty Hose, Leather, Tea Bags, & Feathers - Dimensions Variable

Standing Room Only - 1996 - Taxidermied Cat On A Wooden Drum - 31 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Smoke Screen - 1990 to 95 - Iron, Curtain, Wire & Cigarettes - 105 x 58  26.5 inches

Untitled - 2013 - Glass Mirror, Wood & Plaster Frame, Fabric - 75.5 x 38 x 11.5 inches

Untitled - Glass & Silicon Glue - 37 1/4 x 37.5 x 7 3/4 inches

A Movable Object - 2012 - Steel Asphalt & Fabric - 42.5 x 66 x 38 inches

I found his choice of materials very interesting and abstract.  But still that Basketball Chandelier remains No. 1 on my mind!  Unfortunately it is part of a private collection and not for sale.  All worked up for nothing!  BOO.  But glad I had a chance to admire it and see it in person.  HOOP - DEE - DO.

P.S Don't forget to watch Kobe Bryant's last play tonight against Utah Jazz!

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