The Hatton has played a unique role in the development of British Art, with its history intimately entwined with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibition Pioneers of Pop revolves around the numerous artists and writers, activities, projects and ideas which had at their centre artist Richard Hamilton, during his time teaching at Newcastle University (1953-1966).
Pioneers of Pop includes around 100 works by some of the leading British artists associated with both Pop and abstract art – Eduardo Paolozzi, David Hockney, Richard Smith, Ian Stephenson, R.B Kitaj, Joe Tilson and, of course, Hamilton himself.
The exhibition co-incides with film screenings (Jean Shrimpton in Privilege below), collage workshops and a Kurt Schwitters exhibition.
Sorry Andy Warhol – Pop Art was actually invented in Newcastle!
Richard Hamilton CH (24 February 1922 – 13 September 2011) was an English painter and collage artist. His 1955 exhibition Man, Machine and Motion (Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne) and his 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, produced for the This Is Tomorrow exhibition of the Independent Group in London, are considered by critics and historians to be among the earliest works of pop art.
Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? 1956 Richard Hamilton
Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (a) Together let us explore the stars 1962 Richard Hamilton