swingeing london 67

Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Swingeing London 67 (f), 1968-1969. Acrylic paint, screenprint, paper, aluminium and metalised acetate on canvas.

“Hamilton based this work on a photograph, appropriated from a newspaper, showing Mick Jagger handcuffed to the art dealer Robert Fraser. The photograph appeared following their appearance in court on drugs charges. Both were convicted. The title plays the term ‘Swinging London’ against the judge’s insistence on imposing a swingeing penalty. For many, this occasion typified the moral backlash against the liberalisation of the 1960s.”

- Gallery label, May 2007, Tate Modern