Modern World : The Art of Richard Hamilton
In this handsome book, acclaimed writer Michael Bracewell presents a concise introduction to this deeply complex artist. Writing from a personal perspective, he discusses Hamilton’s all-embracing work in relation to the music, film, and popular culture of the day in a rich and brilliant new interpretation of his art and ideas. He covers the full scope of the artist’s practice, including examples from the various media in which he worked – collage, print, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation – and the diverse subjects that he addressed until his death in 2011. Bracewell focuses on key works such as the My Marilyn and Swingeing London 67 series; images produced in response to highly charged current events and political and sociological developments, including Kent State and The Citizen; and collages, prints, and paintings that examine the fashion and advertising industries. He also considers Hamilton’s illustrations to James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, his collaborations with Marcel Duchamp, his work with The Beatles, and the significance of his apparently unfinished final work, itself a quest for a state of ‘perfection’ in oil painting. With quotes from the artist’s writings and interviews throughout, this attractive volume will appeal to anyone wanting to understand Hamilton’s iconic and pioneering work and its lasting cultural legacy.Michael Bracewell is the author of six novels and two works of non-fiction, including the novellas The Crypto-Amnesia Club (1988) and Perfect Tense (1999). He has written widely on modern and contemporary art and contributed to catalogues for museum exhibitions of Richard Hamilton’s work, including at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2010) and the National Gallery, London (2012). A collection of Bracewell’s writings on art, The Space Between, was published in 2011.
Hardback 224 pages, 150 Illustrations, unspecified