“The two forms humans are attracted to is a penis and a gun … and that’s essentially a right angle, which is everywhere, specially in New York.” —Claes Oldenburg during the press preview of Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store at the Museum of Modern Art, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
While Oldenburg may be obsessed with penises and gun, though he conveniently suggested everyone else was, another obsession in his work is obviously food.
Even though the new Oldenburg show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) doesn’t open until later this weekend, we thought we’d deliver an afternoon snack of culinary surprises found in the Pop artist’s new exhibition.
On display at the new show are a big range of the objects from his infamous The Store project (1960–62) and its array of food stuffs, whether soft sculpture or expressionistic plaster (not exactly your daily food groups).
From burgers to ice cream cones, there’s something for everyone eager to get over the afternoon hump. But watch your calories, remember this was the 1960s, so there’s no real light anything.
First off, the hostess with the mostest, Robin Cembalest, executive editor of Art News magazine is serving up “Saumon avec mayonnaise” (1962) realness.
Yes, “drink” singular. Do you want 7up or not? And honestly, we don’t know how you’re going to drink it.
Actually, there’s also coffee but it doesn’t look that good.
And let’s not forget dessert. In the wise words of Oldenburg:
“Both pastry and art are forms of pleasure. You combine them and you double the pleasure.”
How right you are.
I’ll get you your check right now, but make sure to leave a tip.
Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store and Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing opens at the Museum of Modern Art (35 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan) on Sunday, April 14 and continues until August 5.