COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Art at Auctions

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions

Richard Hamilton’s (London, b.1922–  ) prints come up at auctions in the UK every so often. The upcoming sale of June 30th at Bloomsbury Auctions in London, “Andy Warhol and the Pop Legacy,” features several works by Hamilton from the 1960s and 1970s. The one presented here, an offset lithograph printed in color (1977, 70/75), was published by the artist on wove paper. What I like about Hamilton is both his iconographic mockery of modernity that persists throughout his work and his exceptionally artful mastery of printmaking. He was one of the few who combined different processes, for example screenprinting with lithography, and experimented with small surfaces to which he added large amounts of detail.

Moreover, I am intrigued by his perceptions of “high” and “low” in art. While his playfulness with the endless debate of high and low in the 1960s is what elevated his own status as an artist, his works today are perfect examples of accessible art that can enhance one’s collection in a very personal way.  Would that be “low” in today’s art market? Should collectors seek the “high” and often esoteric, perhaps to a certain degree exclusive, trends set by the experts? Or is a more impulsive purchase, one that caters to one’s personal aesthetic, the one that turns one’s acquisitions into a collection of merit?

© Thomaï Serdari