Richard Hamilton: Paintings, pastels, prints

Serpentine South Gallery 4 Oct — 2 Nov 1975 Free

An exhibition of the work of Richard Hamilton, including the series Flowers and Shit.

The Serpentine Gallery displayed Richard Hamilton’s first one-man exhibition in England since his touring show organised by the Tate five years before. The series of works Hamilton called Flowers and Shit derived from Andrex advertisements from the 1960s. These advertisements featured large Andrex rolls set in front of a background, with two beautiful women in diaphanous dresses lazing within a woodland. These advertisements Hamilton adapted into his Soft blue landscape and Soft pink landscape.

Hamilton continued with the Andrex theme in a series of paintings based on three postcards of flowers and fruit. To these postcards, he added a roll of Andrex on one and a pile of excrement in another. Included with these works was a third series of pastels of sunsets.


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