Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Golf/Typhoon’, 1996, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is the artist's proof from an edition of 5 plus 1 artist's proof.

From the Catalogue

"Unquestionably, part of Oldenburg’s intention is to foil the literal minded. He is no naive simpleton, but a complex artist who seeks to exploit as fully as possible the various levels of meaning—subject, content, and form—available to any work of art. The constant pressure applied to each of these kinds of visual 'meaning' and the interrelationships among them, provide the special tension and excitement of his work." —Barbara Rose, Claes Oldenburg, New York 1976, p. 13

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: stamped with the title, date 1996 and number A.P. on the base

New York, PaceWildenstein, Sculpture, September - October 1998
Venice, Museo Correr, Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen, May - October 1999
New York, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Molded, Folded & Found, October - December 2008, p. 19, illustrated
Düsseldorf, Galerie Hans Mayer, Spatsommer in der Clarissenstrasse, September 2009
Seoul, PKM Trinity Gallery, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, November 2012 - January 2013, cat. no. 5, p. 55 (another example exhibited)

Germano Celant, Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen, Milan 1999, pp. 73, 484-487 and 518, illustrated
Exh. Cat., London, Waddington Galleries, Double Vision: The Poetic Focus of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 2007, no. 25, p. 51, illustrated

PaceWildenstein, New York
Private Collection, New York

About Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

The towering public sculptures of husband-and-wife collaborators Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen are instantly recognizable for their whimsical Pop Art quality. Built primarily out of Cor-ten steel, the structures are monumental, brightly painted replicas of ordinary objects that appear comical because of their size and the incongruity of their surroundings. Among the duo’s most recognizable sculptures are the public artwork Clothespin (1976), installed in Centre Square Plaza, Philadelphia, and Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988), installed at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Though characteristically cartoonish, the latter is also a functioning fountain, which dramatically changes the character of the sculpture as the seasons change.

American, 1929 and 1942, Stockholm and Groningen, Netherlands, based in New York, New York