- Museum number
- Object: TiT
Interior - corridor right with black and white parallel lines on the floor and curving on the wall, doorway left with black pattern on the wall and red panel above with black and white spiral motif. 2002
Screenprint in 30 colours from 30 stencils on Somerset paper, image produced using Adobe Illustrator
- Production date
Height: 659 millimetres (image)
Height: 890 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 470 millimetres
Width: 671 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Printed in an edition of 50 with 5 artist's proofs by the artist and Brad Faine at Coriander Studio, London. Published by the artist and distributed by Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
'TiT' stands for 'This is Tomorrow', an exhibition held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956 featuring the work of artists such as Hamilton, Pasmore and Kenneth Martin. Twelve self-selected teams, each meant to consist of an architect, a sculptor and a painter, worked together in allocated spaces. Hamilton worked with the sculptor John Voelcker and John McHale on the theme of 'Perception and Imagery', and this work is based on a photograph of their installation, seen from the back. The photograph was traced by Roderic Hamilton, the artist's son, on Adobe illustrator.
The spiral form of Rotorrelief, 1935, by Marcel Duchamp is seen enlarged on a red ground and below is an optical illusion by the Gestalt psychologist Edgar Rubin (1886-1951). The white vertical stripe at the centre is the dividing wall of the gallery. The openings on the left allow the viewer to see paint dribbled on the ground in the manner of Jackson Pollock.
Hamilton's collage 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?' was used as the poster and catalogue cover for 'This is Tomorrow', and is sometimes credited with launching Pop Art.
Text from 'Living with art: The Alexander Walker collection' (British Museum Press, 2020):
The title of this screenprint stands as an acronym for 'This is Tomorrow', the 1956 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London for which painters and sculptors were asked to collaborate with architects to produce contemporary room installations. Hamilton worked with the architect John Voelcker (1927–1972) and the artist John McHale (1922–1978). Their installation, which addressed the themes of ‘Imagery’ and ‘Perception’, included a reference to Marcel Duchamp’s spinning 'Rotoreliefs' of 1935, Jackson Pollock-like paint splashes on the floor and an optical illusion by the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin (1886–1951). This print is based on a photograph of their contribution which was transferred to Adobe Illustrator, a digital drawing programme, by Roderic Hamilton, the artist’s son. It was printed at Coriander Studio, London from thirty stencils, which were prepared by computer, and published by the artist to coincide with the release of a new catalogue raisonné of Hamilton’s prints by Etienne Lullin.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 Jun-Jan, BM, 'Matisse to Freud: The Alexander Walker Bequest'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: This is Tomorrow exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery 1956
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Alexander Walker from the Alan Cristea Gallery, London on 17/9/2002 for £2,305.35.
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