"Father of pop art" Richard Hamilton dies aged 89

Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - British artist Richard Hamilton, regarded by many as the father of pop art, died on Tuesday. He was 89.

"This is a very sad day for all of us and our thoughts are with Richard's family, particularly his wife Rita and his son Rod," art dealer and gallery owner Larry Gagosian said.

A statement from the gallery called Hamilton the "father of pop art" and a "pioneering artist of unparalleled skill, invention and lasting authority.

"His influence on subsequent generations of artists continues to be immeasurable."

Nicholas Serota, director of London's Tate gallery, added: "Greatly admired by his peers, including (Andy) Warhol and (Joseph) Beuys, Hamilton produced a series of exquisite paintings, drawings, prints and multiples dealing with themes of glamour, consumption, commodity and popular culture."

Despite his age, Hamilton had been working until just a few days ago on a major museum retrospective of his work scheduled to travel to Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and Madrid in 2013/14.

Gagosian did not say how Hamilton died or where, although he was in Britain.

Hamilton's best known work was his 1956 collage "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?," considered by some historians to mark the birth of the pop art movement.   Continued...