Richard Hamilton – Prints and Multiples 1939 – 2002
Richard Hamilton, the artist born in London in 1922, already chose etchings in 1950 for his first exhibition in London, and his love for this traditional technique has hardly waned.
In the mid-fifties he, like many Pop Art artists in his wake, discovered the mythic and epic elements in the contemporary world of imagery and integrated these found objects from everyday life, now seen as artworthy, into his work.
At the beginning of the sixties he was one of the pioneers who tried out the possibilities of silkscreen printing. Since 1988 he has created a world of images via the computer. His very varied artistic production manifests one of his basic principles, which he shares with his longtime friend, Marcel Duchamp: always after finishing one project, make sure the next one is its opposite.
Richard Hamilton's graphic works, the worldwide greatest stock of which is found in the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, is being presented for the first time comprehensively in this publication on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.