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Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg, Soft Calendar for The Month of August

Soft Calendar
Photo By Gail

Claes Oldenburg has consistently embraced contradiction to transform and animate everyday objects. In his art, hard becomes soft, miniscule becomes monumental and, as in Soft Calendar (1962), flat becomes three-dimensional. Oldenburg’s stuffed fabric sculptures originated in 1962 as props to his art events, or Happenings, and evolved into independent artworks. The giant numbers of Soft Calendar are sensuously rounded and pillow-like. Each Sunday is called out in brilliant red, while the remaining days of the week are coated in white enamel. Photographic documentation suggests that Soft Calendar was assembled by Oldenburg and is partner, Patty Mucha, at Green Gallery in 1962, in preparation for the opening of his solo exhibition.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Claes Oldenburg’s Monumental Paint Brush Sculpture in Downtown Philadelphia!

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

Philadelphia has no shortage of impressive public artworks and engaging street art scattered all over the city, and it’s fun to spend a day just wandering the different neighborhoods and checking it all out if you happen be visiting. Most notably, the city is also home to four large-scale public sculptures by legendary Pop artist Claes Oldenburg  — more than any other city in the world. I happened to walk by one of those iconic Oldenburg works — a 51-foot high Paint Brush sculpture entitled Paint Torch, and its accompanying 6-foot Red Paint Blob located just below it on the sidewalk — when was in Philly on a recent weekend. Paint Torch was installed on the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Lenfest Plaza on August 20th, 2011.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Paint Torch Can be Viewed Up Close at 118-128 N. Broad Street, just across the Street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Video Clip of The Week: Roses, “Nude Beach”



A primary reason that I chose “Nude Beach,” by California-based pop trio Roses, for this week’s Video Clip, is specifically because the video contains no nudity! Yeah, they didn’t take the easy way out with a bunch of lazy nudity, that’s for sure. Instead, the first half of the video shows the guys  (their names Juan Velasquez, Victor, Herrera and Marc Steinberg) peeking out from behind leafy branches in a lush garden, or laying in beds of flowers, over music that fondly brings both The Smiths and Depeche Mode to mind. Marc’s sultry vocals address a figure who is addicted to sunbathing, but they also speak to a larger acknowledgment of our own mortality and within that realization urge us to take risks. Maybe that is why I felt like I was watch a commercial for reruns of Six Feet Under. Or maybe not.

I also love that the cover art for the group’s upcoming debut album, Camera Trouble (out October 28th, 2016 on Group Tightener Records) resembles a collection of cool stuff that you might see in Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum. If you know what the means, great; if you don’t, it doesn’t matter. Enjoy!

Roses Camera Trouble Cover Art

Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg, Pastry Case I

Pastry Case
All Photos by Gail

“I work with very simple things that I come across walking to work,” Claes Oldenburg explained in 1964, “such as a certain kind of pastry. . . or certain kinds of displays or presentations and advertisements that I naturally come across as part of the urban landscape.”  Pastry Case, I replicates just this sort of everyday sighting. The desserts are presented for the viewers enjoyment on real dishes, heightening the tension between attempting evocation of edible goods and their obvious artifice. Oldenburg later described this tension as a way of “frustrating expectations: the food, of course, can’t really be eaten, so that it’s an imaginary activity which emphasizes the fact that it is, after all, not real – that it’s art, whatever that strange thing is of doing something only for itself rather than for function.”

Pastry Case Detail
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg, Giant BLT

Claes Oldenburg BLT
Photos By Gail

The triangular mass of Claes Oldenburg’s Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich”) 1963, is actually constructed from many smaller sculptural components including wood slabs, stuffed cushions and fabric pieces, which must be restacked each time the work is shown, allowing ample room for creative variation.

In the above video, the Whitney Museum’s curator supervises and discusses the installation of Giant BLT, and how Oldenburg’s work invites the viewer to look at the world with “fresh eyes.”

Claes Oldenburg BLT
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Former Home in the Breuer Building on Madison Avenue

claes oldenburg giant blt photo by gail worley

New Photo Added 9/7/2020 (Taken at the Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street, NYC)

Beau’s Mechanical Shark Week at Amy LI Projects

Crying Shark
Weeping Shark (All Photos By Gail)

Do you like sharks? I sure do. Amy Li Projects is currently hosting a solo exhibition with a fun shark theme: Mechanical Shark Week, featuring all new paintings by one of NYCs most popular Street Artists/ Taggers, Beau. Shark Week!

I didn’t write down all of the official names of the paintings, so I just made up names that I think describe what is happening in the picture, and then I captioned each photo accordingly, so please enjoy that.

Shark at a Picnic
Shark at a Picnic

Beau’s paintings in this series include many references to other modern and contemporary pop artists, such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Claes Oldenburg. Beau (who in person, strongly resembles actor James Franco) admits that he enjoys working “in variable styles and mediums,” so of course the influences are going to creep in there. And for that, we say, Good On Ya!

Captain America Shark
Heartbroken Captain America with Shark Sidekick!

Beau says that having dexterity with a broad range of genres allows him to render styles most fitting for any environment. “A lot of my work grows out of necessity,” he reveals. “Usually a client steers me towards something they feel, or that strikes them.”

Bart and Shark
Bart and The Shark

He continues, “I hold myself to a standard approach that an artist must practice in multiple mediums to encourage a rich growth in perception and technique, and in a classically trained manner.” He also just likes to just ‘let the spirit move him,’ as they say, while “trying to find new ways to break the rules that have already been broken many times over.” You Go, Beau.

Floor Shark
Floor Buster Shark

“I also like the challenge of completing paintings and or projects of any media within my reach,” he concludes.

Baron Shark
I Don’t Know What This Means

Bang Shark
Shark Bang!

Greek Diner Shark
Shark and Bunny at the Greek Diner

As you can see, these are all pretty darn great, and the price point is around $300 – $500, so Beau’s work is very affordable for anyone who wants to build their collection with quality pieces from a very up and coming young artist.

Beau’s Mechanical Shark Week will be on Exhibit Through June 3rd, 2015 at Amy Li Projects, Located at 166 Mott Street in Chinatown, NYC.

Gallery View

Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture at Leila Heller Gallery, Ends November 15th!

Robert Indian Art
Art By Robert Indiana (All Photos By Gail)

Leila Heller’s multi-floor midtown gallery is wrapping up its Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture exhibit on Saturday, but we had one last chance to check it out this week, when WhiteWall Magazine sponsored a fun party encompassing the three floors on which the exhibit is installed. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne made sure that the open bar was stocked with its delicious Brut Rose, and every body had a great time!

Pop Sculptures Signage

Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture is an exhibition of select three-dimensional works from leaders of the Pop Art sculpture movement, on view since September 18th and closing November 15th at Heller’s 43 West 57th Street location.

YAYOI KUSAMA Narcissus Garden , 2004
Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden

The exhibition presents a wildly impressive selection of iconic sculptures by the most prominent Pop sculptors from the 1960s to the contemporary artists whom they have influenced.

Here are few of our favorite pieces from the show!

ANDY WARHOL Campbell’s Soup Can (Chicken with Rice)
Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Can (Chicken with Rice)

Robert Indiana AMOR
Robert Indiana, AMOR

Keith Haring Untitled (Two Dancing Figures) ,
Keith Haring, Untitled (Two Dancing Figures)

JEFF KOONS New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polisher
Jeff Koons, New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polisher

CLAES OLDENBURG Ice Cream Display
Claes Oldenburg, Ice Cream Display

ROY LICHTENSTEIN Brushstroke Chair & Ottoman
Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Chair & Ottoman

TIM NOBLE & SUE WEBSTER Excessive Sensual Indulgence
Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Excessive Sensual Indulgence

SHELTER SERRA Nine Fake Guns, 2014
Shelter Serra, Nine Fake Guns

Bertozi & Casoni Cover
Bertozi & Casoni Cover

The above is a glazed ceramic replica (and embellishment) of Warhol’s iconic Brillo Box. Clever!

RACHEL LEE HOVNANIAN Body Armor
Keith Haring, TV Head; Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Body Armor

PARVIZ TANAVOLI Heech
Parviz Tanavoli, Heech

If you don’t already have plans for Saturday the 15th of November, maybe the Leila Heller Gallery at 43 West 57th street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) is the place to be?

Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg Tartines

Claes Oldenburg Tartines Front View
Claes Oldenburg, Tartines, 1964,Plaster painted with Tempera, on Porcelain Plates, Glass and Metal Case (Photos By Gail)

If there is one artist whose work consistently brings a smile to my face, it is pop art sculptor Claes Oldenburg, who is best known for his larger than life soft sculptures of food and huge, lifelike replicas of ordinary objects. Possibly because I am obsessed with art, food, and art that looks like food, I really find myself drawn to this work, a glass disly case filled with an array of Tartines (a tartine is an open-faced sandwich with a spread on top). I love it.

Tartines is part of the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, and was photographed by me in March of 2014 while on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Claes Oldenburg Tartines

Hauser & Wirth Presents Selections from the Reinhard Onnasch Collection

Claes Oldenberg
Claes Oldenberg Model for a Mahogany Plug, Scale B. 1969 (All Photos By Gail)

Hauser & Wirth’s cavernous space at 511 West 18th Street is currently hosting a selection of works from the collection of Reinhard Onnasch. A celebration of Onnasch’s longstanding passion for art and collecting, Re-View: Onnasch Collection is curated by Paul Schimmel, celebrated post-war scholar and Partner of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.

Christo Wrapped Road Sign 1963
Christo Wrapped Road Sign 1963

The exhibition focuses on the period between 1950 and 1970, decades when New York’s cultural influence was unrivaled and some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century were born. On view will be iconic examples of Pop Art, Fluxus, Color Field, Assemblage, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism.

Claes Oldenberg Soft Medicine Cabinet
Claes Oldenberg Soft Medicine Cabinet, 1966

The collection will be on exhibit through April 12th, 2014.

Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing at MOMA

Washington DC Souvenir Ashtray
A Souvenir Ash Tray from Washington DC is Part of Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum (All Photos By Gail)

Claes Oldenburg, the legendary pop sculptor, has long been a collector of objects and  images. His studio shelves contain an immense variety of items that, since 1972, he has gathered during his daily travels, alongside experiments and prototypes for his sculptures. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing — currently on exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art — evolved from the artist’s commitment to this practice of collection, storage and display.

Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing
Ray Gun Wing (Top) and Mouse Museum

Located in the MOMA’s center atrium area, the Mouse Museum is the structure in the above photo that is shaped like a Geometric Mouse (a recurring motif in Oldenburg’s drawings, prints and sculptures). The Ray Gun Wing, which was created in 1977, is shaped like a gun. I had a peek inside each of these tiny museums when I was at MOMA the other day, which was a treat.

The Ray Gun Wing, as you might’ve guessed, is filled with cases displaying various types of toy guns and pistols and various every day objects  — from soda can tabs to stones — shaped like guns and pistols. When I first walked into this wing, and saw all the different “prototypes” of toy guns, BB guns, ray guns, Nerf guns from the different eras – I instantly thought that my kid needs that nerf review, and snapped a few pictures for him on my phone. The  Mouse Museum is filled with little fantasy trinkets, toys, candles and small prototype models for some of Oldenburg’s sculptures. I didn’t take any pictures inside of the Ray Gun Wing, because  you weren’t really supposed to take any photos,  but I took quite a few inside the Mouse Museum, because, why not? I had just been to the Punk exhibit over at the Met and I was feeling a little rebellious.  Here are a few snaps of  some of the cool stuff I saw inside a tiny room shaped like a mouse head.

Baked Potato Salt & Pepper Shakers
Baked Potato Salt & Pepper Shakers

Leg Pen
Leg Pen

Spoon and Wax Lips
Silver Spoon and Wax Lips

Skull Glasses

Skull Glasses

Ham and Fire Hydrant

Plastic Ham, Fire Hydrant

Shower Sink Toilet Octopus

Miniature Bathroom Fixtures and Octopus

3D Cherry Pie Slice Ad

3D Cherry Pie

Cake Models and Small Purse

Prototypes for Stuffed Cake Slices, Small Purse

Miniature Play Food

Miniature Play Food

Small Chair and Carrot Dish

Small Chair with Woven Seat, Carrot-shaped Dish

Miniature Ice Cream Bars

Miniature Plastic Ice Cream Bars

The Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing by Claes Oldenburg will be on Display Through August 5th, 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art, Located at 11 West 53rd Street in NYC.