Lot 168
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CLAES OLDENBURG | Study of a Swedish Light Switch

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • Claes Oldenburg
  • Study of a Swedish Light Switch 
  • signed, titled and dated Stockholm 1966 on a label affixed to the reverse
  • chalk and watercolor on cardboard
  • diameter: 59 7/8 in. 152.1 cm.


Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. John Cook, New York (acquired from the above in 1970)
Christie's, New York, 12 May 2005, Lot 260
Private Collection (acquired from the above sale)
Stephen Mazoh & Co., Rhinebeck
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2011


New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, An Exhibition of Work by Claes Oldenburg, April - May 1967, p. 59, illustrated 
Venice, Centro Internazionale delle Arti e del Costume, Palazzo Grassi, Campo Vitale, July - October 1967
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Claes Oldenburg, September - November 1969


Achim Hochdorfer and Barbara Schroder, Eds., Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties, Munich 2012, p. 157, illustrated
Exh. Cat., St. Louis, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, The Ordinary Must Not Be Dull: Claes Oldenburg's Soft Sculptures, 2016, p. 9, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"I try to look at the things as if I had never seen them before, as if I were a Martian and didn't know what they were for, had no idea of the function of the things, was only interested in the structure of it. The minute you give a name to a thing, you cloud or you hide the innocent vision." 
Claes Oldenburg