Claes Oldenburg. Red Tights with Fragment 9. April 1961

Claes Oldenburg

Red Tights with Fragment 9

April 1961

Medium
Muslin soaked in plaster over wire frame, painted with enamel
Dimensions
69 5/8 x 34 1/4 x 8 3/4" (176.7 x 87 x 22.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of G. David Thompson
Object number
387.1961
Copyright
© 2017 Claes Oldenburg
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Claes Oldenburg has 89 works online.
There are 1,535 sculptures online.

According to Oldenburg, this relief recalls his “vision of a pair of red teenage tights seen in the wind at the corner of Avenue A and 14th Street.” The work refers to this display of merchandise, but its jagged edges and the single number 9 also lend it the appearance of a torn advertisement. Oldenburg often tore images of commercial goods from magazines and newspapers as source material for his sculptures, which he described in 1961 as “rips out of reality,” fusing the printed advertisement with three-dimensional reality. Looking back, in 1970 the artist explained, “Vision at that time, for me, was assumed flatter, and what was seen, taken as a plane surface, like a film, mirror, or newspaper. Thus an advertisement or part of one, ripped from a newspaper, was taken to correspond to a glance at the plane of vision.”

Gallery label from Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store, April 14–August 5, 2013

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA's collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

If you would like to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA, please contact Scala Archives (all geographic locations) at firenze@scalarchives.com.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA's archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.