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Claes Oldenburg

Equitable Building As a Pencil Sharpener, 1995

Soft ground etching, aquatint, photo relief
21 × 14 1/2 in
53.3 × 36.8 cm
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Krakow Witkin Gallery
Boston
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image size : 13 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

image size : 13 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

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Signature
Signed lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
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Barbara Krakow Gallery
Claes Oldenburg
Swedish, b. 1929
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“I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something more than sit on its ass in a museum,” wrote Claes Oldenburg in his seminal 1961 manifesto I Am For An Art. From his Happenings beginning in the 1960s, to his enormous public sculptures of ice cream and rubber stamps, to his collaboration with his wife Coosje van Bruggen, Oldenburg has remained at the forefront of the Conceptual and Pop art movements. He has worked in a variety of mediums including performance, drawing, and writing, though he is best known for his large glossy or soft sculptures of ordinary consumer items, such as Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks (1969-74). Some of Oldenburg’s most radical works remain in the realm of concept, as in his proposal for Thames Ball (1967)—a giant toilet tank ball that would have floated on the Thames River. “I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all,” he wrote. “I am for an artist who vanishes.”

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image size : 13 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

image size : 13 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Medium
Print
Signature
Signed lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
Image rights
Barbara Krakow Gallery
Claes Oldenburg
Swedish, b. 1929
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“I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something more than sit on its ass in a museum,” wrote Claes Oldenburg in his seminal 1961 manifesto I Am For An Art. From his Happenings beginning in the 1960s, to his enormous public sculptures of ice cream and rubber stamps, to his collaboration with his wife Coosje van Bruggen, Oldenburg has remained at the forefront of the Conceptual and Pop art movements. He has worked in a variety of mediums including performance, drawing, and writing, though he is best known for his large glossy or soft sculptures of ordinary consumer items, such as Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks (1969-74). Some of Oldenburg’s most radical works remain in the realm of concept, as in his proposal for Thames Ball (1967)—a giant toilet tank ball that would have floated on the Thames River. “I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all,” he wrote. “I am for an artist who vanishes.”

Claes Oldenburg

Equitable Building As a Pencil Sharpener, 1995

Soft ground etching, aquatint, photo relief
21 × 14 1/2 in
53.3 × 36.8 cm
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location
Boston
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