Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?

The artist Richard Hamilton, who died in 2011, is mostly remembered today for the collage that he made for the exhibition “This is Tomorrow” at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956. “Just What is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” was a key manifesto for Pop Art. A bodybuilder brandishing a Tootsie Pop and the pinup girl in a lampshade hat disport themselves in a domestic interior surrounded by symbols of ’50s affluence. On the wall, a reproduction of a comic magazine cover anticipates the entire output of Roy Lichtenstein. It was a rare and resounding coup for British art.

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Richard Hamilton, Tate Modern. Until 26 May 2014

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