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ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London

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Press Release: 20 January 2014 Richard Hamilton At Ica 12 February – 6 April 2014 Press View 11 February 2014 (20.1.2014)
 
Image: an Exhibit (in association with Victor Pasmore and Lawrence Alloway), record of installation at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1957. C
Image: an Exhibit (in association with Victor Pasmore and Lawrence Alloway), record of installation at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1957. C
  Richard Hamilton (1922–2011) is widely regarded as one of the most important and innovative British artists of the twentieth century, and the founding father of pop art. During the 1950s, the ICA stood apart from a more conventional London art scene, offering Hamilton the opportunity to curate pioneering exhibitions and participate in experimental events organised by the Independent Group, of which he was a key member. Richard Hamilton at ICA presents two of his seminal installations, Man, Machine and Motion (1955) and an Exhibit (1957), alongside related rare archive material, to coincide with the Tate Modern’s retrospective on the artist. Almost six decades after Hamilton presented these works at the ICA’s s original location at Dover Street, they will be re-staged to reflect the artist’s close involvement with the ICA throughout his career. Hamilton’s relationship with the ICA was first established when he installed James Joyce: His Life and Work (1950) with Nigel Henderson, and later curated Growth and Form (1951) and The Wonder and Horror of the Human Head (1953) at Dover Street. As a key member of the Independent Group, Hamilton took part in numerous public discussions and the networks afforded to him by the ICA greatly influenced his practice. Man, Machine and Motion consisted of thirty steel open frames onto which photographic images were clipped. The frames were double sided and housed over 200 separate images, which related to four themes: ‘Aquatic, Terrestrial, Aerial and Interplanatery’. Hamilton designed the exhibition to be flexible, so that the frames could be moved and placed in different configurations. He developed this exhibition more fully with his next curated show, an Exhibit (1957), working in close collaboration with the artist Victor Pasmore and writer-critic Lawrence Alloway. Organised around a modular hanging system, the intention was to give visitors an opportunity ‘to generate their own compositions’. Both exhibitions were shown first at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle before being presented at the ICA. Richard Hamilton was born in London in 1922. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and Slade School of Art, and went on to teach at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Hamilton was a key member of the Independent Group that met at the ICA in the 1950s. He represented Britain in the 1993 Venice Biennale and his work is held in major public and private collections around the world.
Also on view: ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market - details to be announced shortly 10 February – 6 April 2014 Hito Steyerl 5 March – 27 April 2014 ICA Theatre More information Fox Reading Room Jane Drew (1911-1996): An Introduction 12 February – 22 March 2014 More information Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks 1 April – 11 May 2014 More information Associate Artist 2014: NTS Parallel Visions From 18 February More information ICA Publication - details to be announced shortly Institute of Contemporary Arts: 1946-1968 ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir and art historian Anne Massey have produced the first book devoted to the early years of the ICA. Title: Institute of Contemporary Arts: 1946 - 1968 Authors: Anne Massey and Gregor Muir Editorial Assistance: Lucy Bayley, Juliette Desorgues Copy-editing: Clare Heath Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London Co-publisher: Roma Publications, Amsterdam International distribution: IDEA books ISBN: 978-94-91843-13-6 Publication date: February 2014 Price: £20 hardback Extent: 208 pages Size: 19.5 x 26cm Associated talks and events: an Exhibit: an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration Saturday 22 February, 2 – 5.30pm Digital Talk: The Impact of Technology Tuesday 25 February, 4pm Culture Now: Thomas Bayrle – 7 March Gallery Tours Lucy Rose Bayley – 13 March Robin Kinross – 20 March James Capper – 3 April Artists’ Film Club: 21st Century Pop – 6 March Friday Salons Curating the Archive – 7 March Colour Clash – 4 April ICA Student Forum Man, Machine & Motion – 25 March In Parallel: An Introduction to Radical Thinkers 21 January – 18 March 2014 ICA Quickfire Carolee Schneemann in conversation with Alison Green Tuesday 25 February, 6.45pm Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi: Inventing Peace Wednesday 26 February, 6.45pm Culture Now: Trevor Jackson and Emma Warren – 7 February ICA Student Forum Consumerist Paradise: Glamorous and Big Business – 1 April Artists’ Film Club Ulrike Ottinger – 19 February Friday Salon Colonial Modernity (and its Crises) – 14 March Academic Symposia Dwoskin Day – 8 March Just what is it that makes today's art schools so different, so appealing? – 29 March ICA Artist Editions The ICA is producing new artists’ editions to accompany Richard Hamilton at ICA by Cory Arcangel, Pawel Althamer and Roger Hiorns. Hito Steyerl will make an edition to accompany her exhibition. For information contact: vicky.steer@ica.org.uk | +44 (0)20 7766 1425 | www.ica.org.uk/editions
Press information: Naomi Crowther | Press Manager ICA naomi.crowther@ica.org.uk | +44 (0)20 7766 1407 Listings information: Richard Hamilton at ICA, exhibition: 12 February – 6 April 2014 Gallery opening hours: Tues - Sun 11am – 6pm, except Thurs, 11am – 9pm. Closed Mon. Day Membership priced at £1 will now apply from 12 February 2014 during gallery opening hours Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm, until 9pm on Thursdays. No Day Membership will be charged on Tuesdays. Ticket prices for day time films, talks, music events and other performances will include Day Membership. www.ica.org.uk | Twitter @icalondon | www.facebook.com/icalondon Book online www.ica.org.uk Call Box Office +44 (0)20 7930 3647 Textphone +44 (0)20 7839 0737 Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
 
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