David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Richard Hamilton on view at THE UPPER ROOM at the gallery's London location. Widely regarded as one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century, Hamilton worked across a diverse array of media and styles over the course of his six-decade career to create a singular oeuvre that, while formally disparate, remained conceptually consistent in its sustained interrogation of modernity and everyday life. This exhibition brings together a group of rarely seen works made by Hamilton in Cadaqués, Spain, an important site of production for the artist.
Hamilton was first invited to Cadaqués in 1963 by Marcel Duchamp, with whom he had a correspondence since the late 1950s. Located on the Costa Brava in Northeastern Spain, not far from the French border, Cadaqués was known as a favoured destination for artists like Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. Hamilton too began to return to Cadaqués frequently, eventually buying a residence there himself. When in 1973 the architect Lanfranco Bombelli opened the aptly named Galería Cadaqués, Hamilton became one of his earliest and most enthusiastic collaborators. Bombelli's gallery remained active until 1997, focusing on Pop, conceptual art, and concretism, and featuring exhibitions by many of the most influential artists of the period including Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, John Cage, Jasper Johns, and Marcel Broodthaers, among others. Hamilton exhibited at the Galería Cadaqués more than a dozen times, including two seminal collaborations with Dieter Roth in 1976 and 1978.