Richard Hamilton
18 March 2022 -
7 May 2022

Richard Hamilton

 

18 March
- 7 May 2022

 

 

IN PRAISE OF DESPAIR

 

 

THE PAINTER’S DESPAIR

 

In Picardy, in Brabant, in the neighbouring provinces ­and doubtless in other places, grows a wild flower. A long time has passed since I saw it. I no longer wander along lanes and hedgerows; and then, roads have vanished the ditches-asphalt has done its task well. How has this unforgettable flower fared amidst the devastation of the countryside? Though my memories of it date from the 1930s and are forever mingled in my mind with inflation, I could still describe the appearance of that flower-were it not composed of an infinity of points so closely enmeshed that a complete description of its aspect would require a visual acuity available only to science. Does it still live, this accursed flower, known to country folk as The Painter’s Despair?

 

 

THE ART-LOVER’S DESPAIR

 

These flowers, planted in paper, remote from seeds and seasons, do not speak the language of the heart as once was the fashion. The artist presents a series of states enabling us to observe the development of his work up to the final proof, which is of such beauty that it effaces the reservations we may have had about the excremental form lying low on each plate. Like manure nourishing the colour in the blossoms (the conventions of horticulture are fully respected) it accompanies each stage of the progression and builds a definitive mass. And indeed it is a question of form and mass, obliterating direct reference to reality. It would seem that the subject is not flowers but technique. This technique, sustaining artificial flowers, is a tangle of roots whose hidden image invites a host of interpretations. Is there one among them that might be called definitive? It is as if the artist knew of some theory of prosody and declined to utter it-he paints, he engraves, before the onlooker: who will, I hope, find the key.

 

Marcel Broodthaers, 1974

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“A Little Bit of Roy Lichtenstein for….”, 1964

screenprint

58.4 x 80.4 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Reaper (a)”, 1977
etching on hand made paper
28 x 33.5 cm

Richard Hamilton / Victor Pasmore

“an Exhibit”, 1957
exhibition poster by Richard Hamilton, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
75 x 49 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“People”, 1968

photograph, screenprint from 4 stencils, letratone, retouched by hand and sprayed, with collage

65 x 84 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Toaster”, 1967

offset lithograph in 4 colours, screenprinted from 4 stencils, with collaged metalized polyester

88.8 x 63.4 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Soft blue landscape”, 1979

collotype in 7 colours and screenprint from ca. 10 stencils in 40 colours on lvorex paper

72.5 x 91.8 cm

(framed: 73.2 x 92.5 x 3.8 cm)

 

“Soft pink landscape”, 1980

collotype in 7 colours and screenprint from ca. 10 stencils in 35 colours on lvorex paper

72.8 x 91.6 cm

(framed: 76.4 x 95.4 x 2.5 cm)

 

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Soft blue landscape”, 1979

collotype in 7 colours and screenprint from ca. 10 stencils in 40 colours on lvorex paper

72.5 x 91.8 cm

Richard Hamilton

“Soft pink landscape”, 1980

collotype in 7 colours and screenprint from ca. 10 stencils in 35 colours on lvorex paper

72.8 x 91.6 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Flower-piece progressives”, 1973-1974

portfolio of 7 etching, copper engraving, scraper, aquatint, 6 trial proofs and the finished sheet, i.e., Trichromatic flower-piece, in portfolio, with text by Marcel Broodthaers

65.3 x 50.5 cm

detail

Richard Hamilton

“Flower-piece progressives”, 1973-1974

portfolio of 7 etching, copper engraving, scraper, aquatint, 6 trial proofs and the finished sheet, i.e., Trichromatic flower-piece, in portfolio, with text by Marcel Broodthaers

65.3 x 50.5 cm

detail

Richard Hamilton

“By the Waters of Miers”, 1972

12 stage proofs (I-XII), drypoint, aquatint and etching on German Museum paper

each 64.5 x 57 cm

(framed: 71.4 x 63.8 x 2.8 cm)

Richard Hamilton

“By the Waters of Miers”, 1972
stage proof I of 12 stage proofs (I-XII), drypoint, aquatint and etching on German Museum paper
each 64.5 x 57 cm

Richard Hamilton

“By the Waters of Miers”, 1972
final proof of 12 stage proofs (I-XII), drypoint, aquatint and etching on German Museum paper
each 64.5 x 57 cm

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Flower Piece A”, 1974

collotype in four colours and screenprint from ca. 10 stencils in 36 printings on Schoeller Elfenbein-Karton paper

65 x 50 cm (framed: 68 x 52.5 x 2.5 cm)

 

“Flower-piece B”, 1975
lithograph in 3 colours and white, from 6 stones and 4 zinc plates on Arches paper

65.2 x 50.2 cm (framed: 68 x 53 x 2.5 cm)

 

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Five Tyres Remoulded (portfolio)”, 1971

portfolio containing 1 sheet of text in 5 colour collotype (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm), 7 screenprints in black on mylar, superimposed on each other (framed: 61 x 85.9 x 3.8 cm), 1 relief cast in white silicone elastomer (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm)

Richard Hamilton

“Five Tyres Remoulded (portfolio)”, 1971

portfolio containing 1 sheet of text in 5 colour collotype (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm), 7 screenprints in black on mylar, superimposed on each other (framed: 61 x 85.9 x 3.8 cm), 1 relief cast in white silicone elastomer (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm)

detail

Richard Hamilton

“Five Tyres Remoulded (portfolio)”, 1971

portfolio containing 1 sheet of text in 5 colour collotype (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm), 7 screenprints in black on mylar, superimposed on each other (framed: 61 x 85.9 x 3.8 cm), 1 relief cast in white silicone elastomer (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm)

detail

Richard Hamilton

“Five Tyres Remoulded (portfolio)”, 1971

portfolio containing 1 sheet of text in 5 colour collotype (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm), 7 screenprints in black on mylar, superimposed on each other (framed: 61 x 85.9 x 3.8 cm), 1 relief cast in white silicone elastomer (framed: 64.6 x 89.6 x 3.8 cm)

detail

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

installation view

Galerie Buchholz, Köln 2022

Richard Hamilton

“Self-portrait”, 1967

screenprint from 19 stencils on Schoellershammer paper

53.3 x 40.5 cm