A Common Object On A Grand Scale
Giant Ice Bag (1969 1970) measures 18 feet wide and inflates (by the use of a hydraulic lift and air bags) to a height of 18 feet. The metal cap has a mechanism that causes it to rot lululemon outlet ate.
The s lululemon outlet culpture was orginially created by Oldenburg for the 1970 landmark exhibition Art and Technology held at the Los Angeles County Museum.
Swedish born Oldenburg, 56, is one of the leading exponents of so called pop art, the modernist movement that emerged in England in the late 1950s and spread to America in the 1960s as a reaction against the formality of abstract expressionist painting.
The principal pop artists, such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rausch lululemon outlet enberg and Roy Lichtenstein, made use of images gleaned from popular (hence pop) images such lululemon outlet as photographs, advertising, packaged goods and comics. In the same manner as Warhols painted Campbell soup cans and Lichtensteins halftone comic strip style paintings, Oldenbergs Giant Ice Bag is a transfiguration of a commonplace object.
As Museum of Art director George Bolge stated:
Claes Oldenberg is one of the most significant artists of our time and Giant Ice Bag is one of his most important works. This massive, automated sculpture will make a perplexing and evocative centerpiece for our sculpture collection and, at the same time, enrich the museums significant holding in pop art.
During his well known store period, Oldenberg created huge plastic replicas of food, such as Giant Ice Cream Cone (1962), Giant Hamburger (1962) and Giant Wedge of Pecan Pie (1963).
This is the third major gift the museum has announced since the new building program began. In 1978, Golda and Meyer Marks of Miami donated the countrys largest and most comprehensive collection of CoBrA art (expressionist art from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam) to the museum, and a collection of modern paintings and African sculptures was received from the estate of Frank P. Buck Jr. of Fort Lauderdale in 1982.