Richard Hamilton, considered the father of Pop Art, has died at 89, reports the UK Mirror
“This is a very sad day for all of us and our thoughts are with Richard’s family, particularly his wife Rita and his son Rod,” Larry Gagosian, who represented Hamilton, said.
“Hamilton’s fascination with the authenticity of the image in contemporary society, and the implication this has in political and moral terms, has held him at the vanguard of modern art,” The Gagosian Gallery said in a statement.
“His influence on subsequent generations of artists continues to be immeasurable.”
Among his most notable works is the plain white cover he designed for the Beatles’ 1968 White Album featuring a white square with only the name of the band embossed and a grey number in the corner.
“I thought it would be appropriate to present an album that was just white,” Hamilton said of presenting the album to Sir Paul McCartney who asked him to design the cover art.
“Paul was doubtful about it being completely empty so I suggested that it would be fun to number each copy so that it would have the appearance of being a limited edition.
“I asked how many copies the band expected to sell, and they said about eight million. I made a quick calculation that we would need seven digits,” he said.
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