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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen
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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen
SOFT BOOK
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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen
B. 1929 & 1942 - 2009
SOFT BOOK
canvas filled with foam
42 1/2 by 28 1/2 by 19 in. 108 by 72.4 by 48.3 cm.
Executed in 1985.
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Provenance

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Zurich (acquired from the above)
Sotheby's, New York, 16 May 2002, Lot 127
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Venice, Campo dell'Arsenale, Il Corso del Coltello, 6-8 September 1985 (performance)
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Il Corso del Coltello (The Course of the Knife): Props, Costumes and Designs by Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, Frank O. Gehry, December 1986 - January 1987
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, Il Corso del Coltello (The Course of the Knife): Props, Costumes and Designs by Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, Frank O. Gehry, January - February 1988
London, The Mayor Gallery, Claes Oldenburg: Eight Sculptures 1961-1987, October - November 1990, cat. no. 7, illustrated in color

Literature

Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen and Frank O. Gehry, The Course of the Knife, Milan 1986, pp. 201 and 223, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art (and traveling), Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology, 1995-1996, p. 431, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"[Coosje] van Bruggen envisioned an investigation of reality and fantasy, with architecture representing reality and performance being fantasy, Oldenburg said. But the concept of duality eventually evolved into the theme of a production based on the tension between old and new Venice, riddled with double-entendres and performed by characters who had two identities."

Suzanne Muchnic, "Claes Oldenburg on a Comic Roll with 'House Ball,' Sculpture of the Commonplace," Los Angeles Times, 11 January 1988

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