Richard Hamilton
$he 1958–61

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Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Date 1958–61
Medium Oil paint, cellulose nitrate paint, paper and plastic on wood
Dimensions Support: 1219 x 813 mm
frame: 1330 x 944 x 98 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Not on display

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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