Tea Bag, from the portfolio Four on Plexiglas

  • Claes Oldenburg, Tea Bag, from the portfolio Four on Plexiglas, 1965-1966/published 1966, screenprint on plexiglas and felt, with rope and vacuum-formed plexiglas mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1966.41.3, © 1966, Claes Oldenburg

Exhibition Label

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

Title
Tea Bag, from the portfolio Four on Plexiglas
Artist
Publisher
Date
1965-1966/published 1966
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image, plexiglas, and mount: 40 x 30 x 3 1/2 in. (101.6 x 76.2 x 8.9 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
screenprint on plexiglas and felt, with rope and vacuum-formed plexiglas mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – foodstuff – beverage
Object Number
1966.41.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection