Monday, July 09, 2007

52nd Venice International Art Biennale

Wednesday 6th June – Palazzetto Tito, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa: Richard Hamilton “A Host of Angels”. The Richard Hamilton exhibition, A Host of Angels, until October 8th, occupies the whole of Palazzetto Tito. Along with thirteen paintings there are pieces of furniture and objects that relate to the paintings. Opening the show are portraits of his friends Dieter Roth and Derek Jarman, further on, a graphic interpretation of a domestic scene of a naked lady vacuuming a sitting room called, Hotel du Rhone, 2003, which resembles his famous work, Just What is it that Makes Today’s Home so Different, so Appealing?, which is considered to be the first pop piece, because of it’s many references to pop culture and consumerism. Since the 1990s he has moved on from portraying pop icons to more intimate works, such as, the Angels series, exhibited in Venice, of friends, private situations and the interior of his own home. Shown above: Passage of the Angel to the Virgin, digital print on canvas, 2006-2007.

The star of the show. Richard Hamilton, also know as the "Granddaddy" of pop art, sits comfortably on the sofa and receives his guests. Hamilton was awarded the Golden Lion, when he represented Great Britain at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

Seen at the Richard Hamilton opening. Jos and Joe Tilson. Famous British pop artist Joe Tilson and his wife Jos came to support their long time friend Richard Hamilton.

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