Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, ‘Screwarch Model’, 1977-78, Sotheby's

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

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

Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery, Claes Oldenburg: An Exhibition of **Recent Small Scale Fabricated Works and Drawings, September - November 1977
Rotterdam, Museum Beuymans-van-Beuningen, Claes Oldenburg, The Screwarch Project 1978-1982, 1983, p. 16, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Greenwich, Connecticut, The Bruce Museum, Sculpture: The Language of Scale, 1985, p. 15, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Northampton, Smith College Museum of Art, With an Eye to American Art, 1985, n.p., illustrated (another example exhibited)
New York, Marisa del Re Gallery, Sculpture for Public Spaces: Maquettes, Models and Proposals, January - March 1986, n.p., illustrated (another example exhibited)
Tokyo, Odakyu Grand Gallery, Pop Art: U.S.A. - UK., American and British Artists of the '60s in the '80s, July - August 1987, cat. no. 15, p. 56, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Sunderland, Northern Center for Contemporary Art; Leeds, The Henry Moore Center for the Study of Sculpture; London, Serpentine Gallery; Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum; Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts; Duisburg, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck Museum; Malmö Konsthall; Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Centre Julio González; Tampere Art Museum, A Bottle of Notes and Some Voyages, February 1988 - March 1990, cat. no. 102, p. 139, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Cleveland, 200 Public Square, Larger than Life: Monument Proposals by Claes Oldenburg and Large-scale Outdoor Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, November 1991 - January 1992
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; London, Hayward Gallery, Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology, February 1995 - August 1996, p. 403, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)

Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen and Rudolf Herman Fuchs, Claes Oldenburg Large Scale Projects 1977-1980: A Chronicle Based on Notes, Statements, Contracts, Correspondence and Other Documents Related to the Works, New York 1980, p. 46, illustrated
Exh. Cat., New York, Marisa del Re Gallery, Sculptures for Public Spaces, 1986, n.p., illustrated
Sculptures for Public Spaces, Art News, Summer 1986, p. 149, illustrated
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Large Scale Projects, New York 1994, p. 36, illustrated

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above in 1977)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

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