Claes Oldenburg Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London 1966

Artwork details

Artist
Claes Oldenburg born 1929
Title
Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London
Date 1966
Medium Printed paper on postcard on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 254 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Hannah Wilke 1972
Reference
T01694
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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