Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?
Artist: Richard Hamilton
This collage is considered the first work of pop art to achieve iconic status, and is one of the most well known images of pop art. The collage consists of images taken mainly from American magazines, with a template of an image of a modern sitting-room. In this room, several things were pasted into the image, a body builder, a highly sexualized woman, a lollipop that the bodybuilder is carrying, and several other advertisements from various magazines. The collage is usually interpreted as a commentary as to the change in the western culture. People were becoming more concerned with body image, having the newest technology and living in a expensive home with decorations that adhere to the style of the time. All of this is a commentary of the consumerist culture of buy, buy, buy.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen because of its importance to pop art and its iconic status that makes it an important work of art. Also, it is a commentary on the consumerist culture, something that was beginning in this time, showing a recognition of this change.