Claes Oldenburg Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London 1966

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Claes Oldenburg born 1929
Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London
Date 1966
Medium Printed paper on postcard on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 254 x 203 mm
Acquisition Presented by Hannah Wilke 1972
Not on display

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In this postcard collage Oldenburg raised an everyday cosmetic item to a monumental scale. Made during his stay in London at the height of the ‘swinging sixties’, it embodies the popular, expendable, sexy imagery of Pop art. Oldenberg remarked: ‘For me, London inspired phallic imagery which went up and down with the tide - like mini-skirts and knees ... like the up-and-down motion of a lipstick’. To replace the Victorian statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus with lipsticks lifted from an advertisement was, therefore, to update one vision of sexuality with another.

April 2009

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