Richard Hamilton: Prints and Multiples, 1939–2002
Richard Hamilton is one of the most influential figures in British art. Although best known for his leading role in the evolution of Pop Art, Hamilton (born in 1922) has consistently created art which is intelligent, provocative, underpinned by art-historical tradition, yet resonantly contemporary. Hamilton is fascinated by printmaking, and over his long and highly productive career has produced some two hundred prints remarkable for their technical innovation and intellectual sophistication. His sustained investigation of the complex relationship between fine art and consumer culture has also resulted in a series of multiples. This exhibition, organized by the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, was a major retrospective of Hamilton’s work in these forms, ranging from his first foray into etching in 1939 to his latest work with digital media. The organizing curator at the Center was Gillian Forrester, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings.
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland:
August 31–November 24, 2002
Yale Center for British Art:
February 12–May 24, 2004