The Financial Times | Jane Hammond

Melanie Gerlis recommends our exhibition ‘Jane Hammond, Natural Selection’ in the Financial Times: 

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By Melanie Gerlis 25th May, 2018

Digital revolution in prospect; Bonhams on the block again; buyers get political; collector offers alpine pilgrimage 

Christie’s mammoth Rockefeller auctions may be over, but there’s another chance to buy works by Jane Hammond, an American artist favoured by David Rockefeller. About 14 of Hammond’s large-scale, vibrant “Botanical Collages” from 2016-18 are now at Lyndsey Ingram’s gallery in London (until June 15) and offered for £9,500 each. 

Hammond was born in 1950 and says she inherited a love of plants from her grandmother. The artist has only recently allowed herself to indulge her passion professionally. “I entered the art world in the heyday of Minimalism, when less was more and flowers were verboten,” she explains. 

On May 11, one of Hammond’s much smaller, earlier collages, “Siam Wicker #1” (2006) sold online from the Peggy and David Rockefeller’s collection for $8,125 (including fees), way ahead of its $700-$1,000 estimate. 

Ingram says that half of the works in her show have already found buyers – perhaps inspired by this week’s opening of London’s Chelsea Flower Show. 

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