Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Pop Art Pioneer Richard Hamilton Dies At The Age Of 89

British artist Richard Hamilton, regarded as a pioneer in the field of Pop art, has died at the age of 89 following a short illness.

The London-born artist's best known work was a 1956 collage featuring a body builder and a tin of ham, which earned him the title "Father of Pop".

The Gagosian Gallery, which announced his death, said the art world had "lost one of its leading lights".

He was working on a major retrospective just days before he died.

The exhibition is due to be seen in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Madrid next year.

Larry Gagosian, who owns several galleries around the world, said: "This is a very sad day for all of us and our thoughts are with Richard's family, particularly his wife Rita and son Rod."

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said Hamilton died as he "would have wished", working on his art.

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Iconic: Hamilton's best known work, the 1956 collage 'Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
Richard Hamilton's famous Swingeing London painting shows Rolling Stone Mick Jagger in the back of a police car in the late 60s

Collage: The Citizen by Hamilton formed part of the Painting Of Modern Life exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in the 80s

Hamilton's 'Modern Moral Matters' Exhibition which was shown at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Shock and Awe (2007-08) featured Tony Blair wearing a cowboy shirt, with guns and holsters. Hamilton said he produced the image after he saw Blair "looking smug" following a conference with George Bush.

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