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Common Practice : Basketball


272 pages
Text(s) by / Edited by / Foreword by
Photograph(s) by 
28 x 24 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Skira

How basketball has furnished art with motifs, politics and more from pop art to contemporary portraiture

From David Hammons' Higher Goals and Robert Indiana's Mecca Floor to the more recent works of Nina Chanel Abney and Titus Kaphar, basketball has proven an especially popular sport in art, whether in the depiction of players, or more abstract deployments of motifs, as in Barkley Hendricks, or as a means of treating themes of social inequality and political justice.

Gathering work by more than 100 artists from the 20th century to now, this volume reveals a little-discussed point of overlap between art and sport, in part to be found in the titular phrase "common practice"--"practice" in the sense of "to perform an activity or exercise regularly in order to improve or maintain one's proficiency." This book argues that the need to rehearse, discover and explore through the act of doing makes these two very different ideas of perfecting one's craft very similar.

Artists include: Nina Chanel Abney, John Baldessari, Gina Beavers, Keith Haring, Barkley Hendricks, Robert Indiana, Titus Kaphar, Robert Longo, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.