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Richard Hamilton: Father of pop artwork | Arts | DW

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Lengthy earlier than Individuals Andy Warhol or James Rosenquist turned recognized for his or her pop artwork, Richard Hamilton was shaking up Britain’s artwork scene, introducing mass manufacturing methods into portray.

After attending numerous artwork faculties in London, Hamilton launched his profession as a pop artistin the early Nineteen Fifties. He was one of many main figures within the mental and creative motion known as the “Unbiased Group.” It was the primary to take care of phenomena similar to promoting, movie, and tabloid magazines.

Richard Hamilton sitting in front of one of his works titled Lobby.

Richard Hamilton has had a protracted and storied profession

Uncomfortable with ‘Father of pop artwork’ title

When requested about it 20 years in the past throughout an exhibition on the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Hamilton who died on September 13, 2011, recalled the heyday of the unbiased group motion. “Within the 1956s to 1957s, I started to consider why artists have been involved with issues that had nothing in any respect to do with their on a regular basis lives. All of us went to the films at the least thrice every week in these days. However most of them returned to their studios and painted monochrome or summary photos. That is why I drew up a program by which I wrote down every part that appeared necessary to me for modern artwork. A form of manifesto that I hoped would additionally curiosity my colleagues — nevertheless it did not.” But Hamilton, who found artwork by means of promoting, was undeterred.

An exhibition of his work with a painting featuring a robot holding a woman in a yellow dress.

Hamilton shouldn’t be at all times comfy together with his title “father of pop artwork”

First pop artwork piece

The primary creative realization of this manifesto was the set up “Enjoyable Home,” which Hamilton designed for the London exhibition “That is Tomorrow” in 1956. Guests needed to squeeze by means of a slender hall previous pin-up photos, a whole bunch of commercials, film posters and spinning shade discs, whereas songs by Elvis Presley and Little Richard alternately blared from a jukebox. On the finish, guests have been allowed to get energetic and communicate right into a microphone.

“With the issues I exhibited within the enjoyable home, I attempted to replicate the younger folks’s angle to life. Music, science fiction motion pictures, objects. I used to be just about alone within the exhibition with that. Everybody else was trying again slightly than into the longer term. However it was my contribution that triggered a sensation.”

Such a walk-in set up, nonetheless, is an exception in Hamilton’s oeuvre. Within the Nineteen Sixties, the artist, who was born in London on February 24, 1922, targeting utilizing images as the premise for his work. The outcomes are post-dadaist text-photo collages, conundrum pictures by which fenders can be interpreted as breasts or silver foils as male genitals.

Within the image “Bathers” he places in a pink bathing cap and the flowered material of a showering swimsuit. Within the promoting signal of the French alcohol model ‘Ricard’ he inserts an ‘H,’ unceremoniously renaming it Richard, his first title. He blows up a readymade tabletop range right into a colorized photographic nonetheless life.

A woman stands in front of a collage of images that appear to be taken from books and film.

The Tate Trendy had a retrospective of his work in 2014

Marcel Duchamp and James Joyce

Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and the Irish creator James Joyce together with his idiosyncratic novel “Ulysses,” have been necessary function fashions for Hamilton. The artist defined his love of this ebook, which is taken into account particularly complicated: “I’ve by no means skilled this in some other ebook: Joyce combines the complete historical past of English literature in a single chapter: Shakespeare, Pope, Milton. For me, this was the problem of bringing collectively fully totally different methods and qualities into one image. Every picture was to be its personal system, an accumulation of concepts.”

Within the course of, Hamilton works by means of numerous genres of portray in nice element: Panorama, inside, and nonetheless life portraits. Every motif, every sort of image is basically labored out as soon as and alienated in essentially the most various methods.

This strategy additionally distinguished Hamilton from his American colleagues. Not like Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, or Roy Lichtenstein, Hamilton shouldn’t be a propagandist, however slightly an analytical commentator on popular culture. To this present day, he’s thought-about a pioneer of pop artwork, and his works are a mannequin for quite a few younger artists. He would have turned 100 immediately.

This text was initially written in German. 


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