Soft Calendar for the Month of August

Claes Oldenburg (American, born Stockholm, 1929)

Canvas filled with shredded foam rubber, painted with liquitex and enamel
41 3/4 x 42 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (106 x 108 x 10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
  • Provenance

    Green Gallery, New York, summer 1962 - April 1963; Muriel Kallis Newman, Chicago, purchased from Green Gallery, April 1963 - her gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006.

  • Exhibition History

    "Claes Oldenburg: The Store," Green Gallery, New York, September 24-October 20, 1962, no catalogue.

    66th Annual American Exhibition: Directions in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, January 11-February 10, 1963, no. 70, ill.

    The New American Realism, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., February 18-April 4, 1965, exh. cat. by Martin Carey, ill., n.p.

    Claes Oldenburg,The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 25-November 23, 1969, exh. cat. by Barbara Rose, no. 43, pp. 10 (ill.) p. 90 (ill., installation at the Green Gallery, Fall 1962). Also: Alicia Legg, This is the Checklist for the exhibition Claes Oldenburg at the Museum of Modern Art,1969, introduction, n.p. (mentions works exhibited at Green Gallery in 1962, Legg nos. 39-43), and checklist no. 43.

    Claes Oldenburg (venue of MoMA 1969, org. by the International Council, MoMA, NY), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, January 16-March 15, 1970, exh. cat. edited by E. de Wilde and Alicia Legg, no. 38, pp. 21 (ill.), 45 (ill.).

    Claes Oldenburg (venue of MoMA 1969, org. by the International Council, MoMA, NY), Tate Gallery, London, June 24-August 16, 1970 (The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1970), exh. cat. edited by Alicia Legg, no. 37, p. 49 (ill.).

    An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 21-September 27, 1981, exh. cat. by William S. Lieberman, pp. 51 (ill.), 156.

    Pop art 1955-70, exhibition organized under the auspices of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, New York (Australia: International Cultural Corporation of Australia Limited, 1985), held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, February 27-April 14, 1985, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, May 1-June 2, 1985, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, June 26-August 11, 1985, exh. cat. by Henry Geldzahler, p. 74 (ill.).

    Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 18, 2007 - February 3, 2008, exh. cat. edited by Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal, no. 62, pp. 200-201 (ill.), 202-203 (essay by Marla Prather).

    Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store," April 14–August 5, 2013, checklist no. 122.

  • References

    Sidney Tillim, "Month in Review: New York Exhibitions," Arts Magazine, vol. 37, no. 2, November 1962, p. 37 (ill.).

    Lucy R. Lippard, ed., Pop Art (New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966), p. 107 (fig. 85).

    Hilton Kramer, "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century," New York Times, May 22, 1981, p. C21.

    William Agee, "Muriel Kallis Newman: Life Among the Moderns," Architectural Digest, December 1986, p. 70.

    Coosje van Bruggen, Claes Oldenburg, Nür ein anderer Raum (Frankfurt am Maim: Museum für Moderne Kunst, 1991), p. 99 (fig. 87).

    Germano Celant, Dieter Koepplin, Mark Rosenthal, Marla Prather, Claes Oldenburg, An Anthology, exh. cat. (New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, and Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1995), pp. 150-151 (pl. 75), 168 (fig. 87).

    Germano Celant, et al., Claes Oldenburg: Eine Anthologie, exh. cat. (Stuttgart: Gerd Hatje, 1995), pp. 150-151 (pl. 75), 168 (fig. 87).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History