Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
With his memorably titled 1956 collage "Just What is it that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?", British artist Richard Hamilton (born 1922) heralded the British Pop revolution; and with his 1967 Swingeing London series of prints, which depicted the arrest of Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser, Hamilton's art entered the general public consciousness. But unlike so many Pop artists, Hamilton was never an uncritical or ambivalent advocate of postwar society, and he has often agitated directly against it, producing a great deal of openly political, satirical work that assaults both consumer culture at large and more immediate political events. This monograph, published for Hamilton's 2010 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London (his first exhibition since 1992), brings together Hamilton's famous "protest" paintings as well as newer political works and features essays by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Michael Bracewell.
Published by Richter Verlag. Artwork by Richard Hamilton. Edited by Dieter Schwarz. Text by Stephen Coppel, Eitenne Lullin.
Regularly referred to as the father of Pop Art, Richard Hamilton was an early, lively, and satirical discoverer 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. His first exhibition, in 1950, featured etchings; in the early 60s he pioneered the use of silkscreens; and since 1988 he has created a world of images via the computer. This volume collects 64 years of the artist's prints on the occasion of his 80th birthday.