Richard Hamilton$he 1958-61

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Artist
Richard Hamilton (1922‑2011)
Title
$he
Date 1958-61
MediumOil paint, cellulose nitrate paint, paper and plastic on wood
Dimensionssupport: 1219 x 813 mm frame: 1330 x 944 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01190
On display at Tate Modern
Exhibition: Richard Hamilton

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$he explores the imagery of consumerism and female identity, bringing together advertisements for household appliances alongside fragmentary images of a model taken from Esquire magazine. ‘Sex is everywhere, symbolised in the glamour of mass-produced luxury – the interplay of fleshy plastic and smooth, fleshier metal’, Hamilton wrote. ‘This relationship of woman and appliance is a fundamental theme of our culture; as obsessive and archetypal as the Western movie gun duel.’ The mechanisation of desire is alsoa key concern of the Large Glass, whose notes Hamilton was translating at this time.

August 2011

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