Chiara and Chair

Richard Hamilton British
Printer Ian Cartwright British

Not on view

In 2000, when Hamilton was asked to install a painting at the Hôtel du Rhone, Geneva, he immediately thought of Lobby (1985–87)—a work based on a postcard of the interior of a Berlin hotel. Basing this print on a photograph of Lobby in situ, he digitally added the strong perspective lines and the vacuuming nude (a model named Chiara, whose name is close to “chair”). He highlighted the vanishing point, thinking of it as a black hole: “A point in space into which things are drawn and disappear into nothingness,” as he wrote, or, on the other hand, “a way into another dimensionality.”

Chiara and Chair, Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire), Ink jet (Iris) print

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