Claes Oldenburg In New York.
Currently on show at one of New Yorks best museums, the MoMA is a collection of work by the Pop Art sculptor, Claes Oldenburg. For those not familiar Oldenburg is best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Other themes in his work are soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his late wife, Coosje van Bruggen.
Claes Oldenburg’s audacious, witty, and profound depictions of everyday objects have earned him a reputation as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition examines the beginnings of Oldenburg’s extraordinary career with an in-depth look at his first two major bodies of work: The Street (1960) and The Store (1961–64). During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form. The Street comprises objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an immersive panorama of a gritty and bustling city. The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. In The Store, cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art.
Make sure you check out the exhibition before it closes in August details here.