Good Enough ISN’T: Basketball Art

In the wake of the Spurs’ crushing defeat of Oklahoma City* last night in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, it seems an appropriate moment to visit the basketball in art. The reigning champion of the genre is David Hammons, but other artists have explored the theme as well. Here is a sampling. Defend to the End!

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David Hammons, Untitled, 2000, crystal, brass, frosted glass, light fixtures, hardware and steel, 77 x 87 x 25″

 

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David Hammons, Higher Goals, 1983 [image via grupa o.k.]

 

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David Hammons, Higher Goals, 1986 (commissioned by Public Art Fund). Image: Pinkney Herbert and Jennifer Secor

 

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David Hammons, Untitled (Basketball Drawing), 2004, Dirt on paper in gilded frame, found suitcase, 120 x 48 x 8 1/2″. [via Zwirner & Wirth]

 

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David Hammons, Untitled (Basketball Drawing), 2006-2007, Courtesy L & M Arts [via LACMA]

Mel Chin, Temple of the New Gods, 2011 steel, polypropylene rope, basketball nets, basketballs, paint dimensions variable

Mel Chin, Temple of the New Gods, 2011, steel, polypropylene rope, basketball nets, basketballs, paint
dimensions variable [installation at the Nave Museum, Victoria, TX]

 

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El Franco Lee II, The Evolution of Flight (© Image via El Franco Lee II)

 

Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr. J. Silver Series, One Wilson Supershot) Date:     1985 Medium:     Glass, painted steel, distilled water, plastic, and three basketballs Dimensions:     60 5/8 x 48 3/4 x 13 1/4" (154 x 123.9 x 33.6 cm) Credit Line:     Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser MoMA Number:     226.1991.a-f Copyright:     © 2014 Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr. J. Silver Series, One Wilson Supershot), 1985, Glass, painted steel, distilled water, plastic, and three basketballs, 60 5/8 x 48 3/4 x 13 1/4″, Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser, © 2014 Jeff Koons

 

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School. Between Art and Architecture: Oscar Tuazon Oscar Tuason, People, 2012. Sugar maple tree, concrete, metal basketball, backboard and hoop. Photographed by Jason Wyche

Oscar Tuason, People, 2012. Sugar maple tree, concrete, metal basketball, backboard and hoop. Image: Jason Wyche [via the New School]

Ludwig Schwarz

Ludwig Schwarz, Untitled (War on Terror II), 2003, courtesy the artist

 

The Art Guys, Basketball Pyramid Maquette (for Acres Homes), 2009

The Art Guys, Basketball Pyramid Maquette (for Acres Homes), 2009

 

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Inges Idee collective, Basketballfield, 2006, Munich [via]

Finally, a special shout-out to a couple of rec centers in Florida for their remarkably good basketball-themed public art:

 

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Artist unknown, chandeliers made from sports trophy tops, West Orange Recreation Center, Winter Garden FL

 

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Jefre Manuel, And One, Barnett Park Recreation Center, Orlando, FL

 

*If you haven’t seen it yet, last month the Thunder’s Kevin Durant delivered the only basketball MVP speech likely to bring you to tears. It’s worth a watch.

 

Rainey Knudson is the founder and publisher of Glasstire.

 

also by Rainey Knudson

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7 responses to “Good Enough ISN’T: Basketball Art”

  1. Don’t forget the Blanton’s 2012 exhibition of work by Paul Pfeiffer, “The Rules of Basketball”: http://www.blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions/details/the_rules_of_basketball

  2. A wonderful collection of images. Thanx, Rainey.

    BTW: Why can I not log-in with my username and password that I have used for as long as I can remember?

    Don’t know where else to ask this.

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