Claes Oldenburg, ‘OLDENBURG Chicago Show: Inverted Fireplug as Skyscraper (Limited Edition Signed Offset Lithograph for Richard Feigen Gallery Show, Chicago)’, 1969, Alpha 137 Gallery
Claes Oldenburg, ‘OLDENBURG Chicago Show: Inverted Fireplug as Skyscraper (Limited Edition Signed Offset Lithograph for Richard Feigen Gallery Show, Chicago)’, 1969, Alpha 137 Gallery
Claes Oldenburg, ‘OLDENBURG Chicago Show: Inverted Fireplug as Skyscraper (Limited Edition Signed Offset Lithograph for Richard Feigen Gallery Show, Chicago)’, 1969, Alpha 137 Gallery
Claes Oldenburg, ‘OLDENBURG Chicago Show: Inverted Fireplug as Skyscraper (Limited Edition Signed Offset Lithograph for Richard Feigen Gallery Show, Chicago)’, 1969, Alpha 137 Gallery
Claes Oldenburg, ‘OLDENBURG Chicago Show: Inverted Fireplug as Skyscraper (Limited Edition Signed Offset Lithograph for Richard Feigen Gallery Show, Chicago)’, 1969, Alpha 137 Gallery

First, I just have to say this - after revisiting our collection of so many vintage pieces of 1960s Oldenburg ephemera like this: I forgot how incredibly, blatantly phallic Oldenburg's work is/was...and then I am remembered that he is also the author of some obscure but incredibly graphic, or rather pornographic drawings. So yes, he is a former Chicago print reporter and his origins are in journalism...but he always had an X-rated mind. OK back to the present work: A very rare, limited edition, pencil signed and numbered poster promoting the artist's Chicago show "New Constructions" at the Richard Feigen Gallery in 1969. The poster is rare enough - but the signed and numbered edition is a true collectors' item. This has great provenance also as it came from the Estate of Dr. Arthur C. Carr, a Columbia University Professor who was an avid Pop and modern art collector in the 1960s and 1970s, who befriended many of the artists whose work he collected.
(Water stain lower right; not examined outside of original 1960s metal frame)

Signature: Pencil signed and numbered from the edition of 100 (43/100), also bears Oldenburg's printed signature and writing.

Publisher: Richard Feigen Gallery

The Estate of Dr. Arthur C. Carr, New York

About Claes Oldenburg

“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.”

Swedish, b. 1929, Stockholm, Sweden, based in New York, New York