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Claes Oldenburg

Slice of Birthday Cake

Two elements—enamel on plaster and wire and plastic plate
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Christie's

Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929)

Slice of Birthday Cake

signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' …

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Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929)

Slice of Birthday Cake

signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' (on the reverse of the plaster element)

two elements—enamel on plaster and wire and plastic plate

overall: 3 1/4 x 10 x 10 in. (8.2 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm.)

Executed in 1963.

Signature
Signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' (on the reverse of the plaster element)
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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About the work
Exhibition history
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Provenance
C
Christie's

Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929)

Slice of Birthday Cake

signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' …

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Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929)

Slice of Birthday Cake

signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' (on the reverse of the plaster element)

two elements—enamel on plaster and wire and plastic plate

overall: 3 1/4 x 10 x 10 in. (8.2 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm.)

Executed in 1963.

Signature
Signed with initials and dated 'C.O. 1963' (on the reverse of the plaster element)
Claes Oldenburg
Swedish, b. 1929
Follow

“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

Slice of Birthday Cake

Two elements—enamel on plaster and wire and plastic plate
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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