Richard Hamilton RIP
The Gagosian Gallery has announced the death of British artist Richard Hamilton at the age of 89, following a short illness. His 1956 collage Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? earned him the nickname "Father of Pop". Consumerism was one of his targets. This more modern example of his work is Shock and Awe (2007-08) featuring gunslinger Tony Blair. Hamilton was awarded the Japanese Praemium Imperiale 2008. Until recently he was working on a major retrospective of his work. CLICK for Will Gompertz' BBC video on Hamilton's influence.