Richard Hamilton

Kent State, 1970

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Richard Hamilton

(British, 1922 – 2011)

Kent State, 1970
signed and numbered 2374/5000
silkscreen ink on paper
image: 67 by 87 cm.
sheet: 73.5 by 99.5 cm.
Edition 2374 of 5000. Published by Edition Munich International, Munich.

Private Collection, Europe

AUD $ 1,500

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Key Points

  • Kent State is one of Richard Hamilton’s most iconic works, and has been included in countless exhibitions
  • Other versions of Kent State are found in the collections of the AGNSW, NGA and the NGV, as well as at least 30 other museums around the world
  • Hamilton’s famous piece ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing‘ (1956) is widely regarded as the first Pop Art work
  • In similar vein to Warhol’s important Death and Disaster series, Kent State captures a school shooting broadcast on television

Comparable works

Four prints of Kent State (1970) included in the exhibition ‘It Moves Forward: The Work of Richard Hamilton’, at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield

Institutions with Kent State in their collection

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Art Fund, United Kingdom
Akron Art Museum, Ohio
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlunng, Germany
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
British Council, London
Cornell University, New York
Detroit Institute of Art
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
Hofstra University Museum, New York
Indianapolis Museum of Art

International Center of Photography, United States
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Scotland, Glasgow
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
RISD Museum, Rhode Island
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Modern, London
University of Warwick Art Collection
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven 

In Context

Richard Hamilton is widely regarded as one of the first ever Pop Artists, and his famous work ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing‘ (1956) predates Andy Warhol’s work by several years. Just like his American counterpart, Hamilton was fascinated by imagery from popular culture, as well as new techniques such as the silkscreen. This is perfectly captured in Kent State, a large editioned silkscreen Hamilton made in 1970, that depicts a photograph he took of a news broadcast about a school shooting at Kent State in the US.

Richard Hamilton with Kent State (1970)


Selected solo exhibitions
2022 Tate Liverpool
2019 Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2018 National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
2016 Institut Valencia d’Art Modern
2016 David Zwirner, London
2014 Tate Modern, London
2013 Centre Pompidou, Paris
2012 National Gallery, London
2010 Serpentine Gallery, London
2005 Tate Britain, London
2004 Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
2003 Ludwig Museum, Cologne
2002 British Museum, London
1977 Tate Gallery, London

Selected collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
British Council, London
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Kunstmuseum Basel
Ludwig Forum, Aachen
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Tate Collection, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
QAGOMA, Brisbane

ILEANA at Explore Sydney Contemporary

Walead Beshty, Louise Bourgeois, Dorian Büchi, Michael Craig-Martin, Melissa Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Rachel Howard, Louise Lawler, Tony Lewis, Sol LeWitt, Tim Maguire, Takesada Matsutani, Edda Renouf, Bridget Riley, Peter Schuyff, Stansfield/Hooykaas, Wang Guangyi, Christopher Wool

Presented at Explore Sydney Contemporary (11-21 November 2021)

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