Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hamilton Academical

Manic but productive day in the office, finishing at NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) on Fetter Lane. Amusing meeting, the first 10 minutes of which where we tried to make ourselves heard above the incredible din of construction work next door (we were literally shouting) before accepting defeat and squeezing ourselves into a pod-like room somewhere else, and then adjourning to a couple of pubs: The White Swan next door and then the warren-like Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese round the corner. Hadn't been there for years.

Heard that Richard Hamilton died today: grandfather of British Pop Art, White Album, Bryan Ferry's tutor and great titler of works (eg: Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?). As early as 1957 he described Pop Art as: "popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business". That would be about right I think.

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