The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, February 25, 2018


Richard Hamilton: Portrait of the Artist at the National Portrait Gallery in London
Richard Hamilton by Caroline Djanogly 1996 © Carolyn Djanogly.


LONDON.- A new display at the National Portrait Gallery plays tribute to the life and career of artist Richard Hamilton, who died earlier this year. Ten portraits of Hamilton, one of the founders of Pop Art in Britain, will form the display which was originally intended to mark the artist’s approaching 90th birthday. Richard Hamilton: Portraits of the Artist will run from 19 December 2011 to 14 May 2012 in Room 32 of the Gallery.

Hamilton was a member of the Independent Group which, during the early 1950s, met regularly at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, to focus on the study of popular culture, particularly that emanating from America. He was fascinated by the visual language of contemporary society including advertisements, consumer products, packaging, fashion, cinema, magazines and design. He strove to both interrogate and celebrate mass culture through his art work. In addition to painting, Hamilton also worked with printmaking, sculpture, photography and, latterly, computer technology, creating a diverse body of work that represents a unique engagement with the ‘look’ of the modern world.

Drawn from the Gallery’s Collection the portraits span over 30 years of Hamilton’s life. The earliest portraits on display are by the photographer Lord Snowdon taken in 1963, the year Hamilton first visited America. In a photograph by Jorge Lewinski (1964) he is pictured in front of his celebrated painting Interior II, one of two works to feature a silk screen print of the actress Patricia Knight. Also on show is an intriguing self-portrait entitled Portrait of the Artist by Francis Bacon, the starting point for which was a rejected photograph of Hamilton by Bacon. This self-portrait illustrates Hamilton’s skill in printmaking by mimicking Bacon’s characteristic brushwork. Other works in the display include David Hockney’s etched portrait which was made from life in 1971, the same year Hockney and Hamilton protested against museum admission charges. Photographs by John Hedgecoe, Michael Cooper, Tino Tedaldi, Nicholas Sinclair and Carolyn Djanogly have been selected to represent moments in Hamilton’s long artistic career.

Born in Pimlico, London in 1922, Hamilton studied at St Martin’s School of Art (1936), the Royal Academy (1938-40) from which he was expelled for failing to respond to instruction in painting, and finally at the Slade School of Art (1948-51). In1956 Hamilton made the collage Just What Is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, a seminal work which became one of the icons of Pop Art. Major retrospectives of his work have been shown at Tate Gallery, London, in both 1970 and 1992, the Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1973 and in 1993 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion. He was appointed Companion of Honour in 2000 and received the Max Beckmann Prize for Painting in 2006. Richard Hamilton died on 13 September 2011 aged 89.





Today's News

December 21, 2011

Rijksmuseum exhibits the evolution of the harsh, yet atmospheric 19th-century winters

Seattle Art Museum announces two new and important 17th-Century European acquisitions

Walters Art Museum announces 260 Russian enamels bequeathed, finest pieces from U.S. private collection

Masterpieces of Renaissance portraiture on view in new exhibition opening at Met Museum

Art Institute of Chicago appoints two key positions in Prints and Drawings Department

Richard Hamilton: Portrait of the Artist at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Barbara Hepworth sculpture bought for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Suburban Detroit's Henry Ford Museum revamps automobile displays, to open in January 2012

Captain Robert Scott of the Antarctic's dying letter for sale at Bonhams in London

Heritage Minister John Penrose gives protection to Star Carr, Yorkshire's answer to Stonehenge

Asian Art sale at Sotheby's Paris totals €12.45 million against an overall pre-sale estimate of €6.5-9m

Announcing the VIP Art Fair 2012 with over 2,000 artists from 115 carefully selected galleries

Host of new art world records established at Bonhams salerooms this year

Israel Museum presents contemporary design exhibition "Curious Minds"

Guggenheim launches museum exhibition catalogue in digital format and expands online publications

Three architects selected to receive the 2012 A.I.A Thomas Jefferson Award for public architecture

Asia Week New York scheduled for March 16-22

Summary of Christie's auction of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

Birmingham Museum of Art mobile site puts the art in your smart phone

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time

2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet

4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù

6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School

9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion

10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful