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Richard Hamilton: The Late Works

Opens: 10/10/2012 Closes: 13/01/2013 The National Gallery, London
The National Gallery has been careful to display this posthumous exhibition as Hamilton had prescribed it prior to his death last year, which includes a three-part presentation of his unfinished final work, Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu. Incidentally, the piece functions as a visual explanation of the artist's pioneering conflation of fine art with computer graphics: the technique that dominates this show... For more information visit: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/richard-hamilton-the-late-work… Buy: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/
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The Arts Desk“Full of ideas, but not life...” For all his scintillating and tenacious intelligence, these paintings are curiously unappealing. The immaculate mat surfaces are flat, as though ironed out... the results are peculiarly inert, even somehow embalmed...
 
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Financial Times“Resonating with London's art frenzy...” It is a still, spare, serious, crystalline exposition of his themes and, though much of Hamilton's later work is a little academic, it stands out, for intellectual coherence and an independent approach to art-making, from every other London show...
 
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Guardian“Unexpectedly effecting...” The works here touch upon the essence of depiction itself, that remarkable way in which the three-dimensional world may be evoked on a flat surface... Beauty is evergreen, art never ages. This is the lesson of Hamilton's last show...
 
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