Matthew Marks Gallery



18-karat white gold on 20-inch chain with artist’s display stand

16 × 12 × 12 inches; 41 × 30 × 30 cm

Edition of 25

Stamped with artist’s initials, hallmark, maker’s mark, and edition number (on verso)

Snowman is a white-gold necklace that comes with a display stand in the form of a unique spattered paint can and a yellow plastic pompom. The snowman has been a central theme in Hume’s work since 1996, when he built a snowman in England’s Peak District and dyed it rosy pink with food coloring, later turning the image into a series of photographs and a painting. His first snowman sculpture, Back of a Snowman (black), appeared in 2002. Curator Anne Prenzler has described Hume’s snowmen as “possibly the most devastatingly simple human avatar since Barnett Newman’s ‘zips.’”