Richard HamiltonRelease 1972

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Richard Hamilton (1922‑2011)
Date 1972
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 683 x 857 mm
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


The print Release derives its title from the name of an organisation set up to provide legal aid and social support to people who have fallen foul of the law, often as a result of drug abuse. In 1972, Diana Melly (married to the jazz musician, writer and critic George Melly and working for Release) asked Hamilton if he would make a print to help raise funds for the organisation which was in financial difficulties. The artists Jim Dine (born 1935) and David Hockney (born 1937) also contributed, deciding to divide the profits between Release and the National Council for Civil Liberties… (read more)

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