b. 1944 in Chicago, Illinois; lives in Galisteo, New Mexico
Harmony Hammond was a leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s. She was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York (1972) and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics (1976). Since 1984, she has lived and worked in northern New Mexico. Hammond’s earliest feminist work combined gender politics with post-minimal experimentation with materials and process, frequently occupying a space between painting and sculpture. Her near monochrome paintings of the last two decades continue these concerns. Often referred to as social abstraction, the paintings which include rough burlap, straps, grommets and rope along with Hammond’s signature layers of thick paint, engage formal strategies and material metaphors suggesting restraint, connection and agency. Her work is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in NY. Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art is currently on exhibit at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT until September 15, 2019. A solo exhibition of recent paintings at White Cube in London, opens September 12. On August 24, she and Holland Cotter, Pulitzer prize winning art critic for The New York Times will have a public conversation as part of the “My Life In Art” series at SITE Santa Fe.