New York: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Palacio de Cristal Parque del Retiro, 2000. First Edition. The Global Fax Festival was an event conceptualized and created by American artist David Hammons and held at the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain from June 1st through November 6th, 2000. Hammons suspended fax machines from the ceiling of the Crystal Palace and, during the event, faxes were sent by various artists from all over the world where they rained down from the sky to paper the floor. This work includes the exibition catalogue and related ephemera and a several hundred sheets of loose sheet, reproducing the various faxes that artists sent Hammons during the event.
Included is a full color brochure describing the location of the festival, as well as the concept behind it, as engineered by Hammons, related ephemera, and poster. A DVD is included with the binder packet, which documents both a live musical performance by Butch Morris during the event and the Global Fax Festival in general. Morris is an acclaimed African American experimental composer who also composed the accompanying music for the installation in collaboration with Hammons.
David Hammons was born in 1943 in Springfield, Illinois. He is an African American artist known primarily for his works in and around New York City, including his renowned African American Flag painting which is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He won a MacArthur Fellowship Award in 1991. Many of his works center around racial themes and he is an active member of the civil rights and Black Power movements in the United States. Scarce generally, very uncommon signed. [N.B. Available unsigned for $2500.]. Fine. Bright and unmarred. Plastic folding enclosure printed in red and black, glossy wraps exhibition catalogue, printed ephemera, loose xeroxed sheets. 8vo. np. Illus. (color and b/w prints). Item #7659