Lot 290
  • 290

Claes Oldenburg

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  • Claes Oldenburg
  • Studies for Project of the Tube Supported by its Contents
  • i: Study
    signed with the artist's initials and dated '81 on the base
    paper, foam, metal, wire and wood
    13 1/2  by 19 1/4  by 14 7/8  in.    34.3  by 48.9  by 37.8  cm.

    ii: Third Model
    signed with the artist's initials and dated 81 on the base
    18 1/2  by 12  by 14 1/2  in.    47  by 30.5  by 36.8  cm.
    paper, foam, vacuum cleaner bag, wood and lacquer mixed with sand

    iii: Notebook Page #3184
    numbered 3184 and dated 12/71; signed with the artist's initials and numberd 314 on the reverse
    felt-tip pen, ball point pen and colored pencil on lined notebook paper
    11 by 8 1/2  in.    28  by 21.5  cm.

    iv: Scale Study, 1982
    Xerox, felt-tip pen, pencil and tape on paper

    v: First Model
    signed with the artist's initials and dated 78 on the base
    paper, rope, wire, wood and lacquer
    15 1/2  by 15 1/2  by 15 1/2  in.    39.3  by 39.3  by 39.3  cm.




Leo Castelli Gallery, New York


Duisburg, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck Museum, Claes Oldenburg Coosje van Bruggen, A Bottle of Notes and Some Voyages, January - March 1989


Catalogue Note

What I want to do is to create an independant object which has its existence in a world outside of both the real world as we know it and the world of art.  It's an independent thing which has its own power, just to sit there and remain something of a mystery.  I don't want to prejudice the imagination.  I want the imagination to come and make of it what it wants to make of it, but the object will always slip of whatever definition it may be given.  If someone says it looks satirical, the next day it may look very unsatirical.  It may look like an ordinary thing.  My intention is to make an everyday object that elludes definition.
                                      Claes Oldenburg