CLAES OLDENBURG | Fagend Study

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CLAES OLDENBURG
Fagend Study
stamped with the artist’s initials, titled and dated c 1975 on the base
lead and Corten steel
71 by 29 by 34¼ in. 180.3 by 73.7 by 86.4 cm.
Executed circa 1975.

This work is registered in the Claes Oldenburg archives under no. 6671.

Price Available Upon Request

PROVENANCE
Galleria Neon, Bologna
Private Collection, Italy
Galleria Marsilio Margiacchi, Arezzo
Private Collection, Switzerland
Acquired by the present owner from the above

EXHIBITED
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Denver Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Oldenburg: Six Themes, April 1975 - May 1976
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Claes Oldenburg, November 1976, cat. no.12, p. 15, illustrated
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, Claes Oldenburg: Sculptures, 1971 - 1977, July - August 1978
New York, Hirschl & Adler Modern, Lead, December 1987 - January 1988

CATALOGUE NOTE
“I actually think that reality is far more provocative than my art…I’m always borrowing pieces—crumbs really—of everyday reality. If you think my work is very provocative, it means that reality is extremely provocative, and we just don’t react to it.” - Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan has been the art world’s premier enfant terrible from the earliest days of his practice, with a subtle sense of the paradox of transgression, pushing the limits of tolerance. Since the early 1990s, through its use of irony and humor, his work has provoked and challenged the limits of contemporary value systems. He teases the art world without ever falling into the naive trap of thinking he can subvert a system of which he is part.

Created in 1997 as Cattelan’s contribution to a group exhibition at Stadio della Vittoria in Bari, Italy, Untitled (BAR), is modelled after the generic signs commonly used in Italy to denote the site of a bar. Cattelan explored the signifiers that announce certain spaces and the ease with which these intentions can be confused and redirected. Hung outside the exhibition venue, the sign seemed to indicate the entryway to a bar, perplexing both those intending to arrive at an art space and those expecting to find refreshment. As a masterful provocateur, Cattelan seeks to subvert and disrupt established order, while questioning our own perceptions and most fundamental beliefs in the status quo.

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