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The Solomon R. Guggenheim (Gold), based on the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece completed only a few years earlier, is one of a series of six fiberglass reliefs that Richard Hamilton produced during 1965-66 as an "essay on style." He wrote of these works: "It was an attempt to mirror the whole activity of architecture in the confines of a four-foot-square panel." Although the shape and size of each relief is the same, their air-sprayed cellulose-lacquer finishes vary considerably: shiny black, black-and-white, or multicolored. This precious-looking golden Guggenheim appears suspended ambiguously, and perhaps ironically, between the museum as artwork and the artwork as museum.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim (Gold)  
Richard Hamilton.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim (Gold). 1965-66.

Fiberglass, cellulose, and gold leaf, 48 x 48 x 7 1/4" (122 x 122 x 18 cm). Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Photo: courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. ©1999 Richard Hamilton, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS, London

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