Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929)

Proposal for a Monument Two Windows
Proposal for a Monument Two Windows

Proposal for a Civic Monument in the Form of Two Windows, 1982; Lithograph with water color on Arches Cover paper; Initialed CO and dated '82 in pencil bottom center and numbered 54/75 in pencil lower left; Published by Anthology Film Archives, NY; Printed by Maurice Sanchez, New York; Catalog Raisonne: Axsom & Platzker 179; Size - Sheet: 28" x 40", Frame 33 x 45"; Framed with a linen liner, black wood frame, and UV plexiglass; $2,500 or Pay Over Several Months!

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SOLD - M. Mouse - 1 Ear - Tea Bag
SOLD - M. Mouse - 1 Ear - Tea Bag

M. Mouse (with) 1 Ear (equals) Tea Bag Blackboard Version (1965), 1973; Lithograph, serigraph, and wiped with talcum powder on Rives BFK paper; Numbered 102/300 and initial CO. in white pencil lower left; Stamped © Copyright 1973 By Claes Oldenburg Printed At Styria Studio in black ink, lower left verso; Published by Experiments in Art and Technology, Inc.; Catalog Raisonne: Axsom & Platzker 109; Size - Sheet 12 x 9"; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - Twirling Fork Spaghetti
SOLD - Twirling Fork Spaghetti

Twirling Fork with Meatball and Spaghetti, 1993; Relief print on Kozo paper; Initialed CO and dated '93 in pencil bottom right and numbered 38/50 in pencil lower left; Published by Michael Ovitz, Los Angeles; Catalog Raisonne: A. & P. 247; Framed matted and floated with acid free mats, a wood frame, and plexiglass; Size - Sheet 24" x 18", Frame 30" x 24"; SOLD!

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SOLD - Wedding Souvenir, 1966
SOLD - Wedding Souvenir, 1966

Wedding Souvenir, 1966; Cast Plaster Multiple; Inscribed POP ART BY SCULPTURE CLAES OLDENBURG CREATED FOR ELLIOT LA. MUSEUM WEDDING AT FRED LYMAN ARCHITECT APR. 23 ’66 in black ink, bottom, in an unknown hand; Published by Beryl’s Studio, Santa Monica CA; Catalog Raisonne: Platzker 5 (p. 149-150) also p. 40-44; Size - 5 7/8” x 6 1/2 x 2 3/8”; Unframed; SOLD!

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SOLD - House Ball w/ Fallen Toy Bear
SOLD - House Ball w/ Fallen Toy Bear

House Ball with Fallen Toy Bear, 1997; Pigment print on Japanese watercolor paper; Signed Oldenburg in pencil lower right and numbered 22/50 in pencil lower left; Published by Contemporary Editions; Framed with a linen liner, black wood frame, and plexiglass; Size - Sheet 35 1/2" x 44", Frame 40 1/2 x 49"; SOLD!

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SOLD - Soft Light Bulb - Day, 1994
SOLD - Soft Light Bulb - Day, 1994

Soft Light Bulb - Day, 1994; Lithograph with chine colle on Koller HMP Tan Canvas paper; Initialed CO in pencil bottom right and numbered 23/36 in pencil lower left; Published by Gemini G.E.L.; Framed floated on a black mat, a wood frame, and UV conservation clear glass; Size - Sheet 31 3/4" x 24", Frame 36" x 28"; SOLD!

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SOLD - Soft Light Bulb - Night, 1994
SOLD - Soft Light Bulb - Night, 1994

Soft Light Bulb - Night, 1994; Lithograph with chine colle on Dieu Donne Gray paper; Initialed CO in pencil bottom right and numbered 23/35 in pencil lower left; Published by Gemini G.E.L.; Framed floated on a black mat, a wood frame, and UV conservation clear glass; Size - Sheet 31 3/4" x 24", Frame 36" x 28"; SOLD!

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SOLD - Proposal Monument Two Windows
SOLD - Proposal Monument Two Windows

Proposal for a Civic Monument in the Form of Two Windows, 1982; Lithograph with water color on Arches Cover paper; Initialed CO and dated '82 in pencil bottom center and numbered 20/75 in pencil lower left; Published by Anthology Film Archives, NY; Printed by Maurice Sanchez, New York; Catalog Raisonne: Axsom & Platzker 179; Size - Sheet: 28" x 40", Unframed; SOLD!

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Claes Oldenburg Original Signed and Numbered

Proposal for a Civic Monument in the Form of Two Windows, 1982; Lithograph on Arches Cover paper; Initialed CO and dated '82 in pencil bottom center and numbered 54/75 in pencil lower left; Published by Anthology Film Archives, NY; Catalog Raisonne: Axsom 179; Size - Sheet 28" x 40", Frame 33" x 45"; Framed with a linen liner, black wood frame, and UV plexiglass.

Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor living and working in New York and he is best known for his public art installations, which usually feature either very large replicas or soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of the works were made in collaboration with his wife of 32 years, Coosje van Bruggen; who passed away in 2009.

Oldenburg began working with with the idea of soft sculpture in 1957, when he completed a free-hanging piece made from a

woman's stocking stuffed with newspaper (titled later as "Sausage"). In 1959, he began to make figures, signs, and objects out of papier-mâché, sacking, and other rough materials. This was followed in 1961 by objects created out of plaster and enamel, drawing inspiration from food and cheap clothing. In the 1960s he was very involved with the "Happenings" movement and his own productions were entitled "Ray Gun Theater." His artistic collaboration involved other members of the art scene and included: Lucas Samaras, Tom Wesselman, Carolee Schneemann, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Richard Artschwager, art dealer Annina Nosei, art critic Barbara Rose, and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer. In December 1961, he rented a storefront on Manhattan's Lower East Side to house "The Store;" a month-long installation he had first presented at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, stocked with rough sculptures of consumer goods.

Oldenburg moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. By 1965 he had turned his attention to drawings and projects for imagined outdoor monuments. This work, "Proposal for a Civic Monument in the Form of Two Windows" from 1982 is continuing his work that was begun back in 1965. By this time Oldenburg is at his height in his draftsman abilities, and his skill can be seen in this large format lithograph. The size of the windows is extraordinary, given the scale derived from the trees in the background and the people in the foreground. Although Oldenburg is most noted for his outdoor installations, this work showcases his immense artistic skill working in a 2-D medium.

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