Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton
Tate Modern: Exhibition
13 February 26 May 2014

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  • Richard Hamilton Photograph for the cover of Living Arts Magazine

    Richard Hamilton
    Photograph for the cover of Living Arts Magazine 1963

     Private collection
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

  • Richard Hamilton, 'Swingeing London 67 (f)' 1968-9

    Richard Hamilton
    Swingeing London 67 (f) 1968–9
    Acrylic, collage and aluminium on canvas
    support: 673 x 851 mm frame: 848 x 1030 x 100 mm
    Tate. Purchased 1969
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

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  • Richard Hamilton Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (b) 1962

    Richard Hamilton
    Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (b) 1962 

    Private collection 
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

  • Richard Hamilton Epiphany 1964

    Richard Hamilton
    Epiphany 1964

    Private collection
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

  • Richard Hamilton The critic laughs 1968

    Richard Hamilton
    The critic laughs 1968

    Private collection
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

  • Richard Hamilton Self-portrait 05.3.81 a 1990

    Richard Hamilton
    Self-portrait 05.3.81 a 1990

    Private collection
    © The estate of Richard Hamilton

One of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, Richard Hamilton (1922–2011) is widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art, who continued to experiment and innovate over a career of 60 years. Tate Modern presents the first retrospective to encompass the full scope of Hamilton’s work, from his early exhibition designs of the 1950s to his final paintings of 2011. This exhibition explores his relationship to design, painting, photography and television, as well as his engagement and collaborations with other artists.

Hamilton is best known for his pivotal role in the birth of pop art, including the groundbreaking installation Fun House 1956. A centrepiece of the exhibition, this immersive room combines images from movie-posters, magazines and art history, and will be shown alongside a print of the era-defining Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?. The depiction of Mick Jagger in the iconic series Swingeing London 67 1968–9, as well as images of other celebrities such as Bing Crosby and Marilyn Monroe, will show Hamilton’s continued interest in popular culture. Wider contemporary issues and political subjects are also addressed in his work, including the Kent State shootings and the IRA ‘dirty protests’, as well as figures like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair in such works as Treatment Room 1984 and Shock and Awe 2010. Hamilton’s interest in interiors, architecture and design is represented by his depictions of everything from the Guggenheim Museum in New York to a classic Braun toaster.

This is a knockout exhibition. Handsome, lucid and comprehensive, it does Hamilton proud
Daily Telegraph

This is a remarkable show
Metro

See this show. It’s brilliant and important
The Sunday Times

Richard Hamilton is curated by Mark Godfrey, Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, Paul Schimmel and Vicente Todolí with Hannah Dewar, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

Exhibition organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in collaboration with Tate Modern.