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Executed in 1977-78, this work is number 1 from an edition of 4, plus 2 artist's proofs.

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Incised with Oldenburg's signature, date 1977 and number 1/4 on the underside; stamped with the title, date 1978 and number 1/4 on the base

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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
HUGE ART-BOOK STIMULUS SALEDavid Lawrence Gallery
Claes & Coosje: A DuetPace Gallery
2015
Arts & Foods: Rituals since 1851Triennale Design Museum
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Screwarch Model, 1977-78

Bronze on steel base
18 × 30 1/5 × 15 in
45.7 × 76.8 × 38.1 cm
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Sotheby's

Executed in 1977-78, this work is number 1 from an edition of 4, plus 2 artist's proofs.

Medium
Signature
Incised with Oldenburg's signature, date 1977 and number 1/4 on the underside; stamped with the title, date 1978 and number 1/4 on the base

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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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