Riots, terror and war

Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters

Since starting out in the 1950s, Richard Hamilton embraced many different media, including painting, printmaking, installation, typography and industrial design.

3 Mar 2010 to 25 Apr 2010
Serpentine Gallery / Exhibition
Admission Free

This major exhibition reassesses the nature of the British artist’s pioneering contribution, focusing on his political works. The installations, prints and paintings on view take international politics, riots, terrorist acts and war as their subject matter, examining how these conflicts are represented by the media, especially via television and the internet.

Hamilton saw great changes in communication technologies throughout his working life. In 1969 he noted that: “In the Fifties we became more aware of the possibility of seeing the whole world, at once, through the great visual matrix that surrounds us, a synthetic ‘instant’ view. Cinema, television, magazines, newspapers flooded the artist with a total landscape.” Through its fragmentation of images, manipulation of space and reference to different styles and genres, Hamilton’s work interrogates the representations that surround us.

Yet his analysis of the image is counterbalanced by an underlying, allegoric lyricism, through which he reinvigorated the genres of portraiture and history painting. This survey of Hamilton's political works, presented just a year before the artist's death in September 2011, also explored in depth the artist's working processes and the varied ways he used photographic material. It investigates his longstanding interest in creating multiples of a single, iconic image as both a mirror and a critique of the visual overload created by the media.

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2010

Modern Moral Matters Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

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Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

2010
Modern Moral Matters Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Modern Moral Matters

Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

Richard Hamilton 2010

Richard Hamilton

Modern Moral Matters

2010
Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

Richard Hamilton 2013

Richard Hamilton

Modern Moral Matters

2010
Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

2010

Modern Moral Matters

Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 25 April 2010)

Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters 3 Mar 2010 to 25 Apr 2010 at Serpentine Gallery

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