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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Screwarch Model’, 1977-78, Sotheby's
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Screwarch Model’, 1977-78, Sotheby's
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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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Executed in 1977-78, this work is number 1 from an edition of 4, plus 2 artist's proofs.

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

Medium
Sculpture
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
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
American, 1929 and 1942
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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.

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Screwarch Model’, 1977-78, Sotheby's
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Screwarch Model’, 1977-78, Sotheby's
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About the work
Exhibition history
Bibliography
Provenance
S
Sotheby's

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

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

Medium
Sculpture
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
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
American, 1929 and 1942
Follow

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.

Screwarch Model, 1977-78

Bronze on steel base
18 × 30 1/5 × 15 in
45.7 × 76.8 × 38.1 cm
Bidding closed
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