24 May - 24 June 2006

Richard Hamilton

Painting By Numbers

The Alan Cristea Gallery presents an installation of some 60 works by Richard Hamilton, almost all of them previously unexhibited.  The final editioned prints of Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, The Heaventree of stars, The Marriage, Chiara and chair and The annunciation will be displayed alongside preparatory studies for each of the 5 subjects.

This is a didactic exhibition in which Hamilton explores and demonstrates the creative potential of the computer. The exhibition is accompanied by a 60 page catalogue including 63 illustrations and a new text by Hamilton, in which he describes the ever increasing role of computer technology in his art.

In an age when digital printing is used mainly by artists merely as a means of reproduction and dissemination, the exhibition will serve to demonstrate not only the manifold artistic possibilities in the marriage of 'man and machine', but also Hamilton's role, at the age of 84, as an inspiration to succeeding generations of artists, as he continues to sharpen the cutting edge of contemporary art practice.

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