Golden Oldies: Highlights from Art Basel 2013
This print was printed, embossed and diestamped by Hamilton and Giorgio Upiglio in Milan with collage added by Hamilton in London. In February 1967 Fraser and Jagger were arrested for the possession of controlled drugs after a rowdy party at Keith Richards’s farmhouse, Redlands, in West Wittering, Sussex. The legal proceedings started in May 1967 and were adjourned until June to be heard in a higher court. A photograph by John Twine published in the Daily Sketch newspaper on 29 June, showing Robert Fraser and Mick Jagger being driven to court for sentencing handcuffed together in a prison van, was the source of this print.
Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower left by Hamilton.
Publisher: Petersburg Press
In his celebrated collages, Richard Hamilton explored the relationship between fine art, product design, and popular culture, setting the stage for Pop art. His most iconic work, Just What Is it that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956)—a scene comprised of images cut from magazines ads, showing a semi-nude couple in their living space—was produced for the groundbreaking exhibition “This is Tomorrow,” organized by the Independent Group at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1956. Throughout his career, Hamilton continued to break down hierarchies of artistic value, making silkscreens of Mick Jagger’s drug arrest, producing studies of industrial design objects (like toasters), and designing the cover of the Beatles’ 1968 White Album.
British, 1922-2011, London, United Kingdom