Soft Sculpture

Soft Sculpture

Soft sculpture is a sculpture created from flexible and non-rigid materials like cloth, foam rubber, plastic, paper, fibres, and similar substances.

Soft sculptures are artworks made from flexible materials like rubber, latex, or cloth. These pieces challenge traditional notions of sculpture, which typically involve durable and "noble" materials like marble or bronze. While artists in the early 20th century, such as Meret Oppenheim, experimented with unconventional materials (like her 1936 fur-covered teacup), Claes Oldenburg is often credited as the pioneer of this style.

Starting in the late 1950s, Oldenburg used materials like women's stockings, latex, rubber, and burlap to create various objects, from oversized sandwiches to cars and donuts. In the 1970s, many post-minimalist artists, like Eva Hesse, created sculptures and installations using everyday materials that were flexible or temporary in response to the rigid forms of Minimalism.

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