Richard HamiltonAdonis in Y fronts 1963

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Richard Hamilton (1922‑2011)
Adonis in Y fronts
Date 1963
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 610 x 816 mm
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


The print Adonis in Y fronts is a based on a painting of the same title that is one of a group of four works made in 1962-3 under the umbrella title Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in men’s wear and accessories. The Adonis in Y-fronts painting, made in 1962 (Art Institute of Chicago), is the third in the series. The print is distinguished from the painting by the removal of the hyphen in its title. Hamilton derived the group title for these works from a headline of a men’s fashion article he found in Playboy magazine. He added the word ‘towards’ to make it sound less ‘definitive’, explaining: ‘fashion depends on an occasion, season, time of day and, most importantly, the area of activity in which the wearer is involved. A definitive statement seemed hardly possible without some preliminary investigation into specific concepts of masculinity… (read more)

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