Icons in a Smoke-Filled Room
This print celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Freud Museum.
Born 1929, New York, Claes Oldenburg is one of the world's best known sculptors. In the early 60's he set up a store in a retail district of New York stocked with plaster sculptures which were equivalents of the "real" items available in the neighbourhood. At this time he was also involved in performance pieces.
Claes' work involves the redefinition of everyday objects with changes of scale and a characteristic change of material. Hard objects (like a drum-kit or car engine) become soft, small insignificant objects (like a clothes-peg or teaspoon) become monumental.