the masses magazine

Richard Hamilton was born on this day in 1922.

A pioneer of Pop Art, the British artist used collage to critique consumer culture and mass media. A prime example of this is Interior, which incorporates advertisements from mass-circulation magazines.

View other work of Hamilton’s in the #MoMACollection at mo.ma/richardhamilton.

[Richard Hamilton. Interior. 1964. Screenprint. Dorothy Braude Edinburg Fund. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London]

The Masses magazine cover, by Frank Walts, 1916.   One of my favorites!  Frank Walts was an African American artist and illustrator.  His artwork appeared in a number of other left-leaning magazines, along with more standard publications like The New Yorker and Colliers.  He apparently worked for about twenty years, from 1912 to 1935.  I actually haven’t found much information about him; should I find more, I’ll add it.