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Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in men's wear and accessories (c) Adonis in Y-fronts

A work made of oil and collage on panel.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

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  • A work made of oil and collage on panel.

Date:

1962

Artist:

Richard Hamilton
English, 1922–2011

About this artwork

Richard Hamilton was a pioneer of the European Pop Art movement—which drew extensively on mass media and advertising sources—and a central figure in British art. This potent, jewel-like work is the third painting in a series in which the title and concept of each composition came from a headline for an annual male fashion feature published in Playboy. According to Hamilton, the theme for this piece was the “timeless aspect of male beauty.” His version of the classical male torso was appropriated from an advertisement for a chest-flexing tool found in a Mr. Universo magazine of 1960. The subtitle references the popular song “Venus in Blue Jeans” from 1962, the same year this work was created.

Status

On View, Gallery 289

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Richard Hamilton

Title

Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in men's wear and accessories (c) Adonis in Y-fronts

Place

England (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1962

Medium

Oil and collage on panel

Dimensions

61 × 81.3 cm (24 × 32 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Muriel Newman in honor of Emese and James N. Wood; Walter Aitken Endowment

Reference Number

1997.545

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

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