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Tea Bag, from the portfolio Four on Plexiglas

1965-1966/published 1966 Claes Oldenburg Born: Stockholm, Sweden 1929 Multiples Press (Publisher) screenprint on plexiglas and felt, with rope and vacuum-formed plexiglas mounted on paperboard image, plexiglas, and mount: 40 x 30 x 3 1/2 in. (101.6 x 76.2 x 8.9 cm) irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1966, Claes Oldenburg 1966.41.3 Not currently on view

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Claes Oldenburg reconstructed ordinary objects in exaggerated scale and with unexpected materials that defy the nature of the original thing. Tea Bag includes a large piece of Plexiglas -- a hard, industrial material -- molded into the shape of a teabag, an object that in reality is small and soft. The sly, humorous tone of Oldenburg's imagery was an antidote to the seriousness of traditional still-life compositions.

Pop Art Prints, 2014



Object - foodstuff - beverage

graphic arts - print

fabric - felt

fabric - rope

readymade - print


plastic - plexiglas


About Claes Oldenburg

Born: Stockholm, Sweden 1929

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