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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: abstraction, assemblage, graphics, installation

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jane R. Hammond, born 1950, is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She was influenced by the late composer John Cage. She collaborated with the poet John Ashbery, making 62 paintings based on titles suggested by Ashbery; she also collaborated with the poet Raphael Rubinstein.

"Language has always been important to Hammond, who was the editor of her high school literary magazine" and studied poetry and biology at Mount Holyoke College before earning her BA in art in 1972.  After studying ceramics at Arizona State University, she received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1977, she moved to New York and began compiling images from instructional or scientific manuals, children's books, books on puppetry and magic, as well as charts on alchemy, animals, religion, and phrenology. From this collection she culled 276 images that functioned as her image bank for subject matter.

In 1989, Hammond received her first one-person exhibition at the New York alternative space, Exit Art. Since 1989, Hammond has exhibited internationally in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and Holland.

In 1989, Hammond was invited by Bill Goldston to print at ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions). After experimenting with monoprints, she turned to a combination of lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, and collage to achieve the complex layering of her trademark images.

In 1993, the Cincinnati Art Museum organized her first museum exhibition.

In June 1993, Hammond asked Ashbery to recommend titles for future paintings. A week later he faxed her 44 titles. By December 1994, she had employed 13 of the titles, "reusing one four times and another twice." In 1994, several of their collaborative paintings were exhibited at Jose Freire Fine Art, New York City, New York; The Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania and the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida.

In 2003, Hammond became the first woman to create the poster for the French Open tennis tournament; her poster became the cover of Tennis Week magazine. Primarily a painter, Hammond also works with photographs and makes prints. She made prints at ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions) and at Shark's Ink.

According to a 2002 article in The New York Times, “Ms. Hammond [aims] to make paintings 'as complicated, inconsistent, varied, multifaceted as you are, as I am, as life is.... I think my work deals very directly with the time that we live in,' Ms. Hammond said. 'There's a surfeit of information, increasingly bodiless because of the computer, and I bring to this an interest in how meaning is constructed'.... The best metaphor for the method behind her rollicking, erudite, street-smart, angst-ridden, encyclopedic paintings is writing."

The Times spoke of Hammond's "predilection for systems. For decades it has been her practice to limit all her paintings to mix-and-match selections from a total of 276 found images." Since this article was written, Hammond has moved in new directions; she no longer limits her painting to a body of found images.

Many of her works are based on dreams, such as a recent series of works in which butterflies are laid over maps of various countries. She explains her approach to painting thus:
Painting is a cross between high philosophy and cement work. My biggest way of relating to this concept of time and labor is that it is an entry point for reaching the unconscious. The layers of paint have more to do with duration than texture. I see it as a function of time, like the idea of chanting. Certain things can begin to happen because you're with the painting for long periods of time.

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
1950, Bridgeport, CT

B.A., Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1971-1974
M.F.A, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1977

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Art Institute of Chicago
Baltimore Museum of Art
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Colorado Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
The ContemporaryArt Museum, St. Louis
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Detroit Institute of the Arts
The deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA
The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Fort Wayne Musuem of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Grunewald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Honolulu Academy of Art
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NB
The Library of Congress
Maryland Institute College of Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
New York Public Library
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Saint Louis Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
The Walker Art Center
Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Wellesley College Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA
West Virginia University Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Yale University Art Museum

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