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Claes Oldenburg
Ray Gun by Claes Oldenburg: screen print with raw black grey industrial texture

1972

$950

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Ray gun is one of Oldenburg’s most iconic motifs, and the artist’s tongue-in-cheek alter ego. Oldenburg took the name from a weapon used in the show “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.,” that he had watched as a boy. This large screen print spells out “Ray Gun” in capital letters. The words look ripped, and the textured background is reminiscent of asphalt and industrial textures. Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine opened the exhibition Ray Gun in 1960 at Judson Gallery in New York, marking Oldenburg’s entry into contemporary art history. The exhibition featured performance and installation, and a wide variety of printed collateral such as mimeographed “artist’s books”, mimeographed drawings, offset lithographs, and posters. Screenprint in three colors based on Claes Oldenburg's 1961 drawing Ray Gun Poster; printed on white, thick, slightly textured paper. Signed by the artist lower right in pencil; numbered lower center in pencil. Edition 250. Catalogue reference: Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-1996 Hudson Hills Press, New York in association with Madison Art Center Wisconsin 1997, no. 100 illustrated

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  • Creator
    Claes Oldenburg (1929, American, Swedish)
  • Creation Year
    1972
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.9 in. (101.35 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
    This print is not previously owned and has been stored in our archives since its publication.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1211210567362

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About the Artist

Claes Oldenburg

One of the original Pop artists, Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm. The son of a Swedish diplomat, he spent his early years in Stockholm and Oslo until the family moved to Chicago in 1937.

Oldenburg attended Yale University, then returned to Chicago, where he worked for a newspaper and also attended drawing classes at the Art Institute. He moved to New York in 1956.

Oldenburg’s early art in New York were works of urban realism in cardboard and paper that were influenced by the work of Dubuffet and the New Realists, and were seen as a brutal response to society. In 1961 Oldenburg rented a storefront on the Lower East Side and sold brightly painted plaster objects as well as three-dimensional and wall reliefs based on hamburgers, pastries, men's and women's clothing, and other commodities. The signature soft sculptures followed, objects of commonplace household objects made of vinyl or canvas stuffed with kapok. These pieces transformed the medium — the soft sculptures are intended to be sensual experiences and commentary on our material world of objects and our relationship to them.

In 1965, still working in vinyl, plaster and cardboard, Oldenburg began making large works termed “Colossal Monuments,” which are large public sculptures with public and private meanings. In the 1970s, Oldenburg was fabricating large-scale works in durable materials such as steel, and working with Coosje van Bruggen, he had received many such public commissions in the United States and Europe.

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