Claes Oldenburg, ‘Punching Bag’, 1968, Phillips
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Claes Oldenburg

Punching Bag, 1968

Canvas stuffed with kapok, mounted on wood
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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

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Signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated " punching bag CO 68" on the wood disc
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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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

This work is accompanied by the drawing Notebook Page: Views of the Punching Bag, circa 1971, 5 x 3 in., acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

bag 36 x 18 1/4 in. (91.4 x 46.4 cm)
disc diameter 20 in. (73.7 cm)
overall 50 1/2 x 20 x 19 in. (128.3 …

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Signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated " punching bag CO 68" on the wood disc
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

Punching Bag, 1968

Canvas stuffed with kapok, mounted on wood
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