Golden Oldies: Highlights from Art Basel 2013
Image: 16 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (42.5 x 33 cm)
Sheet: 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.2 x 50.3 cm)
Signature: Signed and numbered 136/150 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), printed and co-published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris and Petersburg Press S.A., unframed.
Etienne Lullin 92
Piero Crommelynck, Paris
(inkstamp on reverse)
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