Adrian Hamilton

The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.

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Garnett: he gave up a life of revelry and threw himself into business

Andy Garnett: Leading figure of the 1950s London set who later helped develop one of Britain's most innovative engineering firms

"Engineer, philanthropist and optimist" was the description of Andy Garnett given by Frances Lincoln, who published his book on conserving and documenting his meadow. Aside from the engineer ascription, it was a fair summary of an extraordinary character who was the only boy at Eton to convert to Roman Catholicism, who sped around London in a bubble car as a founding member of the London set in the 1950s and who went on to help Jeremy Fry, along with Michael Briggs, to develop the automatic-valve concern, Rotork, into one of the country's most successful small engineering innovation companies, and then did the same with his own company, Radiodetection.

Global art dealers Hauser & Wirth opening a gallery in sleepy West Country town

But will it win over the locals? And will international buyers bother to make the trip?

Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 shout slogans as they march toward the Malaysian embassy in Beijing

The relatives of passengers on Flight MH370 have been treated appallingly

The search has been dominated by politics, not practicalities

Miller in 1964, shortly after being named editor of 'Vogue'

Beatrix Miller: 'Vogue' editor whose own talents, and her nurturing of others', helped set the tone for the Swinging Sixties

"Speak," she would command, turning her chair sideways to the window, putting her feet up on to the radiator and powdering her nose while waiting for you to disgorge your thoughts.

A woman looks at a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the opening day of the retrospective dedicated to the French photographer

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Right on the button

Henri Cartier-Bresson never thought what he did was art, but he was wrong, says his one-time colleague Adrian Hamilton

Estate of Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton: The most influential artist of his generation?

Three new shows dedicated to the playful and provocative work of Richard Hamilton mark him out as the most influential artist of his generation

David Hockney’s ‘Self Portrait’, lithograph (1954)

New David Hockney exhibition: From Gandhi to gay love

Hockney has always had a rebellious streak, as Adrian Hamilton discovers at a show spanning his 60-year career

A row of ever smaller Cactus plants

Actually, there is a point to Martin Creed

The Hayward Gallery’s What Is the Point of It? is the first major retrospective of the Turner Prize-winning minimalist. His quirky works can be both entertaining and exasperating, but they’re always full of surprises, discovers Adrian Hamilton

Warhol in 1976; Lynch in 2002; Burroughs in 1965

Andy Warhol, William Burroughs and David Lynch: Obsessive photographers

An exhibition of photographs by Andy Warhol, David Lynch and William Burroughs offers a unique insight into their minds, says Adrian Hamilton

Little Sun (1969) Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Hannah Höch, Whitechapel Gallery, art review

Hannah Höch was a pioneer in Berlin's Dadaist movement of the 1920s. As a feminist and lesbian, she was later to clash with the Nazis, but her work remained joyful, as Adrian Hamilton discovers at a long-overdue retrospective

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