The most important plinth in Ireland
Jim Ricks
Gallery 8, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Autumn 2012

“Richard Hamilton, born February 24, 1922, died on September 13, 2011, at the age of eighty-nine. He was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. His oeuvre comprised several dimensions, and he was a pioneer in many of these areas... Hamilton was not only a painter and “father of Pop”, as he is often called, but also an exhibition architect, printmaker, typographer, designer, programmer, teacher at an art academy, author, Duchamp savant, and much more.”

– Hans Ulrich Obrist
“Richard Hamilton, An Obituary”
Sharp Tongues, Loose Lips, Open Eyes, Ears to the Ground

One year after the death of Richard Hamilton, and also his last exhibition: Civil Rights, etc, a large rectangular plinth was refurbished and displayed in the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The plinth was built for the last work of art Hamilton produced, Release Release, specifically made for this exhibition. It was a reproduction of an earlier work, Release, and only arrived a day before the opening. Release was in turn a sculptural reinterpretation of his famous Swingeing London 67, one of a group of paintings and prints Hamilton made after his art dealer Robert Fraser was arrested and imprisoned for the possession of heroin with Mick Jagger in 1967.

Original plinth with Release, Release.