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Richard Hamilton. Release. 1972

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Richard Hamilton (British, 1922–2011)

Release

Date:
1972
Medium:
Screenprint with collage additions
Dimensions:
composition: 26 7/8 x 33 11/16" (68.2 x 85.5 cm); sheet: 27 5/8 x 37 3/16" (70.1 x 94.4 cm)
Publisher:
Petersburg Press, London, for the NCCL, and Release, London
Printer:
Kelpra Studio, London
Edition:
150
Credit Line:
Johanna and Leslie J. Garfield Fund
MoMA Number:
260.2006
Copyright:
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London
Audio Program excerpt

Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now

, October 15, 2006–January 1, 2007

Curator, Debby Wye: Screenprint is a kind of stencil technique that was used almost exclusively for commercial projects before the 1960s. But since it can easily reproduce photographs and create rich, saturated color, it was adopted by Pop artists like Richard Hamilton.

Curator, Wendy Weitman: [The print is based on the] London newspaper image from the late 1960s. Here’s Mick Jagger and Hamilton's art dealer, Robert Fraser, hand-cuffed together in the back of a police van, attempting to shield themselves from the paparazzi after being arrested on drug possession. Hamilton made...Release as a benefit for an organization of the same name that provided legal aid for people in trouble with the law.

Curator, Debby Wye: In screenprinting, a different screen is used for each color, and by varying the screens and colors, Hamilton has achieved different effects. Release is grainy, dark and somber, conveying the frightening aspects of being arrested.

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