Lot 411
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Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
  • Paradise Pies (II and VI) - II, 3/6 Blue
  • signed and numbered 3/6 on the underside
  • acrylic on cast aluminum
  • 9 by 11 1/2 by 8 in. 22.8 by 29.2 by 20.3 cm.
  • Executed in 2009, this work is number 3 from an edition of 6 plus 2 trial proofs.


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Catalogue Note

Paradise Pies (II and VI) - II, 3/6 Blue (2009) is a painted cast-aluminum sculpture from the series Paradise Pies II and VI. The theme of blueberry pie, in various configurations and often topped with a scoop of ice cream, emerged early in Oldenburg’s work with the plaster food items he sold from The Store in 1961, and in such pieces as Pie A La Mode (1962). It has recurred in many guises in drawings and sculptures he and van Bruggen conceived and realized over the years, including the drawing Blueberry Pie Island (1998), in the Whitney’s permanent collection; a series of Flying Pie sculptures (1998); and the pair of works Shuttlecock/Blueberry Pies I and II (1999), which stood atop the roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum. Here the pie forms a bold and humorous geometric abstraction as the filling begins to slide from both sides of the vertically oriented slice and the perfectly formed scoop of vanilla ice cream puddles below.