Golden Oldies: Highlights from Art Basel 2013
Edition of 100
The full portfolio, 18 Small Prints, was published in 1973.
Bernard Jacobson and Peter Blake produced together the idea for the 18 Small Prints series, soon after 14 Big Prints series was finished. The concept was to produce prints that were almost postcard size. A number of artists from the previous series, such as Patrick Caulfield, Ed Ruscha and Eduardo Paolozzi, but also some new names were added.
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