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Claes Oldenburg
Snare Drum Claes Oldenburg lithograph from Drum Set 1971 soft sculpture

1972

$3,500

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Printed in beige, tan, red, blue, and black, the snare drum at the center of this work seems to jump off the page, bounded by a polymorphous shape and surrounded by small, irregular beige squares. At the center of the drum, a scribble of black in Oldenburg’s characteristic free, spontaneous style, evokes a sound wave or vibration, and the drum itself gives the impression of movement, with its anthropomorphic feet and swaying edges. Image 14 x 14 in. / 35.5 x. 35.5 cm Paper 22.3 x 22.25 in. / 56.8 x 56.5 cm Lithograph in five colors on white, thick, moderately textured Hodgkinson handmade paper. Signed by the artist with initials, annotated PP X (Petersburg Press proof X), and dated 72 in pencil, lower center; copyright blind stamp, lower center. Oldenburg, famous for his “soft sculptures”, produced many works relating to Drum Set 1971, a giant soft canvas sculpture representing a drum set. Drum Set is among the artist’s most complex soft sculptures, constructed of vinyl, wood, and canvas. Having once owned a drum set, Oldenburg was reminded of the sounds on a drive through thunderstorms in Colorado. He also made a white "ghost" version of Giant Soft Drum Set, a number of related drawings, and a proposal for a colossal monument in London's Battersea Park. Editor Jon Wood writes in Modern Sculpture Reader (Henry Moore Institute, 2012): “Like a soft telephone, the Drum Set is to be ‘heard’ as well as seen, even though it cannot be played or used. Oldenburg thus proposes that the viewer of sculpture also be a listener. Like Beuys, he sees sound as having crucial sculptural implications and his ‘soft sculptures’ as requiring a more imaginative engagement from the gallery visitor than just casual looking. ‘Sound (or absence of it),’ he states, ‘is sculptural technique’.” Catalogue reference: Richard Axsom and David Platzker, Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-1996 Hudson Hills Press in association with Madison Art Center Wisconsin, New York 1997, no 85 illustrated

Details

  • Artist
    Claes Oldenburg (1929, American)
  • Creation Year
    1972
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.3 in. (56.65 cm)Width: 22.25 in. (56.52 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    This print is not previously owned and has been stored in the archives of the publisher since its publication.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU121126359962

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