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Claes Oldenburg
B.1929
FRIED EGG IN PAN
painted plaster and aluminum frying pan 
3 3/8 by 15 1/2 by 8 in. 8.6 by 39.4 by 20.3 cm.
Executed in 1961.
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Provenance

The Store, New York
Billy Kluver, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris, June 20, 2001, lot 114
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above sale)
Sotheby's, New York, November 12, 2008, lot 189
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, New York

Exhibited

New York, Ray-Gun Mfg. Co., The Store by Claes Oldenburg, December 1961 - January 1962
Cologne, Rheinhallen, Messegelände, Westkunst Zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1939, May - August 1981, cat no. 677
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store; Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing, April - August 2013

Literature

Claes Oldenburg, Store Days: Documents from the Store (1961) and Ray Gun Theater (1962), New York, 1967, inventory no. 100, p. 34
Exh. Cat., Cologne, Rheinhallen, Westkunst: Zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1939, 1981, p. 456, illustrated
Clarissa Dickson Wright, Food: What We Eat and How We Eat, London, 1999, p. 74, illustrated
Michael Kerrigan, Modern Art: The World's Greatest Art, London, 2006, pp. 336-337, illustrated

Catalogue Note

“Clearly this was a store where Everything Must Go.... A string of sausages is exactly the same red as the trim on a housedress, which is precisely the same yellow as the yolk of a fried egg, which matches a pair of white running shoes.” Steven Stern (Frieze Magazine, "Taking Stock", Issue 76, June - August 2003) 

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