Claes Oldenburg, ‘Symbolic Self-Portrait with "Equals"’, 1971, ArtWise

"Symbolic Self-Portrait with \"Equals\"" by Claes Oldenburg, Unsigned Lithograph printed in 1971 from an edition size of 2,512. The overall size of the Lithograph is 28.5 x 21 inches. The condition of this piece has been graded as A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Here is some supplemental information about the Lithograph: Symbolic Self-Portrait with "Equals", 1971. Printing supervised by Richard Davison. Printed by Colorcraft Lithographers, New York. Published by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles on the occasion of the group exhibition Art and Technology, May 11-August 29, 1971. Page 163 #74.1 of Claes Oldenburg "Printed Stuff" a catalogue raissone.

Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

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