Richard Hamilton: Prints and Multiples, 1939-2002
Regularly referred to as the father of Pop Art, Richard Hamilton was an early, lively, and satirical discover of the art of the everyday consumer good. In the mid-50s, like many artists who were to follow in his wake, Hamilton discovered the mythic and epic elements that lurked in the contemporary world of imagery and integrated these found objects into his work. If Hamilton is best known for his collages—most especially his 1956 Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?—he has maintained a consistent interest in the art of printmaking throughout his career. One of the great masters and innovators in printing since the Second World War, Richard Hamilton’s oeuvre stands as “a unique block in the midst of the art of the last few decades.” This catalogue raisonné takes as its starting point the two catalogues published by the Waddington Galleries, in 1984 and 1992 respectively, and the catalogue published by the Alan Cristea Gallery in 1998. Full-color illustrations throughout. Bibliography, concordance.