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Hot Dog Sculpture draws on a typical source of inspiration for Pop art: fast food, which symbolised the advent of a new, fast-paced society. While many 1960s artists celebrated consumerism, Self's works are more critical, emphasising the darker side of the decade. Here, for example, the charred look of the hot dog relates to his anxiety about nuclear holocaust. Self commented that there was a 'conspicuous absence of twentieth-century iconography in twentieth-century art - until Pop Art'.

August 2004