Robert Morris – Claes Oldenburg. A lecture by Irina Kulik

Robert Morris – Claes Oldenburg. A lecture by Irina KulikRobert Morris – Claes Oldenburg. A lecture by Irina Kulik


This lecture features two New York-based artists associated with the creative generation that emerged in the 1960s, laying the basis for postwar culture and for what is now defined as the beginning of contemporary art.

Robert Morris (b. 1931) is best known for his sculptural works which, in accordance with the Minimalist tradition, he prefers to call objects. Along with Donald Judd and Carl Andre, in the 1960s and 1970s he used materials uncommon in art—such as metal, plastic, and industrial paint—but perhaps his most recognizable works were those executed in painted felt. Familiar with the theory and philosophy of art, during the same period Morris also experimented with various other movements, from land and public art to performance and Conceptualism. He also made his name as the author of one of the earliest artworks on the theme of gender—by posting his photographic self-portrait in the Artforum magazine, presenting himself as an overtly masculine, yet explicitly homosexual male individual. Morris lives and works in New York.

Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929) is the star creator of pop-art sculpture and public art interventions. His works, depicting enlarged replicas of mundane things, inhabit buildings, squares, and other urban spaces in cities across the world. Along with that, Stockholm-born Oldenburg is the pioneer of the so-called “soft sculpture”—pieces made from papier-maché, fabric or plastic, and also representing simple objects: a slice of cake, a car, a shoe, or a phone. The peculiar type of humor characteristic of his three-dimensional works permeates the rest of Oldenburg’s artistic initiatives, including multiple performance acts involving his fellow artists and public art commissions which he has devoted most of his time to in the past decades. Claes Oldenburg lives and works in New York.



Irina Kulik, PhD is an art critic, culture expert, lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and author of numerous publications on contemporary art, cinema, and music.




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Please note that the lecture will be conducted in Russian without translation into English.

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