Claes Oldenburg
Counter and Plates with Potato and Ham 1961

Artwork details

Claes Oldenburg born 1929
Counter and Plates with Potato and Ham
Date 1961
Medium Painted plaster
Dimensions Object: 117 x 1073 x 578 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970
Not on display

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Inspired by food, clothing and household appliances, Oldenburg's sculptures introduce surprising modifications in terms of scale, materials and texture. His aim is 'to get people accustomed to recognising the power of objects'. This sculpture represents the counter of a bar with a sandwich, French bread, potato and slices of ham. Oldenburg's sensuous use of colour and texture echoes the surfaces of abstract paintings of the period.

August 2004

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