In this optically complex self-portrait, Hamilton re-creates the illusion of touching the surface of a mirror, which results in the simultaneous views of the back of his extended hand and arm and the front of his face and body. Palindrome—derived from the Greek words for “fast” (palin) and “return” or “rebound” (dromos)—applies to words, numbers, or phrases that read the same backward or forward (for example, “eye”) and to photons bouncing off a reflective surface. Created especially for the group portfolio Mirrors of the Mind, published by Marian Goodman and Multiples Inc., New York, Palindrome gave the artist the impetus to try a new technology—lenticular, laminated, three-dimensional printing.
Inscription: Signed and numbered (lower left): R Hamilton 84/100
[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.
Richard S. Field. Richard Hamilton, Image and Process, 1952–82: Studies, Stage and Final Proofs from the Graphic Works. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery, London. Stuttgart, 1983, pp. 10–11, 14, 58–59, no. 45, ill. (color) and cover (color), not this edition.
Richard Hamilton, Prints, 1939–83: A Complete Catalogue of Graphic Works. Stuttgart, 1984, p. 68, no. 93, ill. (color).
Richard Hamilton. Richard Hamilton: New Technology and Printmaking. Exh. cat., Alan Cristea Gallery. London, 1998, pp. 14–15, 33, no. 93, ill. (color), not this edition.
Etienne Lullin. Richard Hamilton: Prints and Multiples 1939–2002. Winterthur, 2003, pp. 130–31, no. 94, ill. (color).
Artist: Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)Date: 1967Medium: Offset lithograph in four colors, screenprinted from four stencils with collages metalized polyesterAccession: 1979.667.9On view in:Not on view
Artist: Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)Date: 1968Medium: Laminated offset lithograph, screenprint from one stencil, enamel paint, with collageAccession: 1979.667.6On view in:Not on view