Sunday, May 31, 2009

Claes Oldenburg at the Whitney

I briefly visited the Claes Oldenburg exhibit at the Whitney yesterday. After the intense Holzer experience it seemed...mundane?... simple?.... small? dated?....

I enjoy his work. It is in fact, deeply, "enjoyable". A collection of early soft sculptures featuring the sandwich, the suspended, drooping toilet, cigarette ashes, etc. And very charming drawings and paintings that I had never seen before.

Also on view was a series he made with his wife van Bruggen called The Music Room that included more of the wonderful, whimsical soft sculptures, and more drawings.

Not bad. Fun. But should not be seen after Holzer...

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