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Last Impression

Interior, 1964 by Richard Hamilton
Interior, 1964
Richard Hamilton
Screen print from eight stencils on Crisbrook paper
22" x 31"
2004.9.67

Bequest of Robert Venn Carr, Class of 1938
 

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Beginning in 1986 and continuing for more than a decade, University of Maine alumnus Robert Venn Carr Jr., donated nearly 300 modern and contemporary prints to the University of Maine Museum of Art. The collection includes some of the finest works on paper by Pablo Picasso, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Käthe Kollwitz, Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Joan Miró, Robert Delaunay
and Richard Hamilton.

Richard Hamilton (b. 1922) became the seminal figure in the formation of England's Pop idiom through his analytical investigations of the media's influence on our perception of reality. As an active member of London's progressive Independent Group in the early 1950s, he first studied the impact of popular culture on art and created collages incorporating advertisements from mass-circulation newspapers and magazines, a technique that served as the basis for Interior. Hamilton claimed that any interior is "a set of anachronisms, a museum, with the lingering residues of decorative styles that an inhabited space collects." In this print, he contrasts an elaborately decorated interior with uncluttered colored planes reminiscent of modernist architecture and design. He made his first Pop collage in 1956. From 1957–61, he taught interior design at the Royal College of Art.

Interior was on display for the first time at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor as part of an exhibition of works in the Maine Print Project, a statewide collaboration of 25 art museums and nonprofit arts institutions celebrating 200 years of printmaking in Maine. At the museum, Interior and other works from UMaine's permanent collection were exhibited concurrently with the prints of Richard Estes and John Marin.

On campus as part of the Maine Print Project, the UMaine Department of Art exhibited The Art of Printed Books and Artists' Multiples.

Interior remains on display, joined by three other works by Hamilton in the permanent collection, during the museum's newest exhibition, Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky: British Pop Art, Jan. 26–April 14.

Works in the Robert Venn Carr Jr., Collection can be seen online at UMaine's Fogler Library Web site (www.library.umaine.edu/carr).

 

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