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Claes Oldenburg
born Stockholm, Sweden 1929

Tea Bag, from the portfolio Four on Plexiglas
1965–66
screenprint on Plexiglas and felt, with rope and vacuum–formed Plexiglas
Museum purchase
1966.41.3
© 1966 Claes Oldenburg


Claes Oldenburg reconstructs ordinary objects in exaggerated scale and with unexpected materials that defy the nature of the original thing. Teabag 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 Oldenberg's imagery was an antidote to the seriousness of traditional still-life compositions.



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