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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