Richard Hamilton Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (a) Together let us explore the stars 1962

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Artist
Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Title
Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (a) Together let us explore the stars
Date 1962
Medium Oil paint, cellulose paint and printed paper on wood
Dimensions Support: 610 x 813 mm
frame: 809 x 1011 x 810 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Reference
T00705
On loan to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain)

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This work explores how masculinity and fashion can be determined by a technological environment - here signalled by the glamour of the space race, typified by John F Kennedy’s 1961 exhoratation to go to the moon. Hamilton’s investigation of the languages of advertising and popular culture through painting and collage has a critical and analytical intention as much as a poetic force. He understood that ‘the artist in twentieth-century urban life is inevitably a consumer of mass culture and potentially a contributor to it.’

August 2011

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