My Sunshiny Life

{March 9, 2010}   Richard Hamilton – Modern Moral Matters

I love the Serpentine Gallery and popped in there recently when I was on a lovely Spring walk in Hyde Park.

Richard Hamilton, now in his 80’s, is the godfather of pop art, getting in before Andy Warhol and providing inspiration for a series of artists to follow,

The tone of his work is rather political and to be quite honest I didn’t get a lot of it.  It was interesting, but I wish that they’d had a little explanation of his thoughts behind the creation of his pieces, so ignorant attendees like myself could understand a bit more about what he was trying to say.

Quite a few of his pieces are taken from photos of historic events, like Mick Jagger in the back seat of a police car after being arrested. 

I liked one of the bigger art installations, which was a fully kitted out operating theatre, with Margaret Thatcher broadcasting a political message on an endless muted film loop.  The television set was positioned above the bed and you could imagine being the hapless patient trapped there for eternity watching Margaret Thatcher’s political mandate.

The exhibition is on until the 25th of April if you want to pop in for a look.

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