by Richard Hamilton
21 1/2 in. x 19 5/8 in. (546 mm x 498 mm)
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- Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
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- Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
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Produced in the year of Hamilton's first museum retrospective, at the Tate Gallery, London, this self-portrait is one of a series of studies entitled Portrait of the Artist by Francis Bacon. The starting point was a rejected photograph taken by his fellow artist Francis Bacon as part of Hamilton's Polaroid Portraits project. Hamilton had asked a number of artists to take his photograph as a way of investigating whether their particular style would be evident in a work produced using mechanical apparatus.
Hamilton was skilled in a variety of printmaking technologies and here he uses screen printing to interpret Bacon's style of painting, distorting his own features to mimic Bacon's characteristic brushwork. The portrait reflects Hamilton's persistent interest in the change in our understanding of a subject under different modes of presentation.
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Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.