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I'm dreaming of a black Christmas

Artist:
Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)
Date:
1971
Medium:
Screenprint on collotype with pasted paper sticker
Dimensions:
29 7/8 x 39 3/8 in. (75.9 x 100 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.381
Not on view
Hamilton first referenced Irving Berlin’s popular holiday ballad in an oil painting (1967–68) with reversed colors based on a color-negative film still of Bing Crosby in the famous 1954 film White Christmas. Hamilton used yet another negative,
taken from his earlier painting, as the basis for this print. The painting’s reversed colors now appear in positive, an eerie echo of its cinematic source. Hamilton complicates the process from film still to painting to print (and from positive to negative and back again) with marks that look like paint: some are photographic transfers, some are silkscreened replicas of painterly strokes, and some are
handmade additions.
Inscription: Signed and numbered (lower right, under image): RHamilton 58/150
[Alan Cristea Gallery, London, until 2000; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Richard Hamilton: Selected Prints from the Collection, 1970–2005," December 16, 2009–May 2, 2010, no catalogue.

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