Monday, 5 November 2012

The National Gallery: Richard Hamilton The Late Works

Over reading week I went back home to London and visited a few Museums such as the Barbican, Tate Modern and The National Gallery. The free exhibition at the National Gallery at the moment is on Richard Hamilton, The British Pop artist, and shows his later works. Around two years ago i went to the Whitechapel  Gallery in East London and saw some of Hamilton's work there such as Just what makes todays home so different, 1956. However this exhibition focus's on his later work from the last decade of his life. Hamilton died last year age 89 and this exhibition is showing all the works from the last 10 years. A reason why it is shown at the national gallery and not more of a contemporary gallery is because Hamilton did use the National gallery to help out his art, just like a lot of artist's do and he has also exhibited in this space before for the exhibition 'The Artists Eye'. A lot of the works in the exhibition which is going on at the moment has connections to the gallery such as 'Saensbury Wing', 2000, which is a computer generated art work of the arches in the Sainsbury's wing,  of National Gallery, and you can just make out a painting which should be 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas' by Conegliano, a renaissance artist. Other works in this exhibition also relate to the gallery and this is possibly why the exhibition has been put on here. The exhibition also looks at how Hamilton made his works and says how he is fascinated by computers and digital printers and he always referred to his works as painting and called the medium 'Epson inkjet on Hewlett-Parkard RHesolution Canvas'. Work covered in his exhibition also relates to Duchamp and Balzac. The exhibition is free and is on till January 13th 2013 and is well worth a visit!

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