Colin Self

Hot Dog Sculpture

1965

In Tate Modern

Artist
Colin Self born 1941
Medium
Resin, fibreglass, metal and wood
Dimensions
Object: 110 x 1220 x 120 mm, 6.4 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
T06904

Display caption

Fast food was a typical subject for pop art in the 1960s. It represented consumerism and a new fast-paced society. Many artists in the 1960s celebrated consumption. But Self’s Hot Dog Sculpture focuses on the darker side of the decade. The blackened hot dog relates to military conflict. Its charred appearance reflects Self’s anxiety about a possible nuclear war.

Gallery label, August 2019

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