He is famous for his iconic collage Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes so Different, so Appealing? (made for the 1956 Independent Group show This is Tomorrow, at the ICA in London) and for his blank-sleeve design for The Beatles’ 1968 double album (consequently known as The White Album). Hamilton defined pop art as ‘popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business’. However, he was also an intellectual, being responsible for introducing Marcel Duchamp’s proto-conceptualist work to Britain.
In the documentary, images of Hamilton’s works were intercut with newsreel images, movie trailers, and much else, as the artist offered a pithy voiceover commentary. The film was included in Hamilton’s 1970 Tate Gallery retrospective. The twenty-five minute study remains vivid and surprising today. Richard Hamilton screens at the IMA . Thursday 16 August at 6pm.
LocationIMA - Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley Precinct