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Ice Cream Desserts (A) by Claes Oldenburg

Ice Cream Desserts (A) by Claes Oldenburg

Petersburg Press

Color Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 50

Image Size: 13.5 x 21.15 inches

Sheet Size: 22.5 x 31.25 inches

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 147.1 illustrated


Condition: Excellent

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Soft-ground etching and aquatint in six colors “à la poupée” on cream, thick, slightly textured Arches paper. Signed by the artist with initials lower center in pencil, dated 1976 lower right in pencil, and annotated AP VIII/XII lower left in pencil.

The painterly, multicolored effect of this work is achieved by printing “à la poupée”, in which multiple colors can be applied to the plate for printing at one time. Oldenburg first printed in brown, and for the second plate, freely applied yellow, green, purple, blue, and light purple, producing an array of loosely sketched pastel confections.

Ice cream is a subject Claes Oldenburg has returned to again and again: from monumental sculptures of ice cream cones, to plaster parfaits, to countless drawings and designs. On his soft sculptures, he wrote: “Reversing the expectations of hard sculpture, these huge collapsing objects rely on gravity and chance for their final form.” The drooping edges of his soft sculptures connect to the unpredictably melting surface of ice cream, which he has explored viscerally through his dripped plaster ice cream sculptures. He has also written that “…eating is a form of sculpting.” Here Oldenburg offers viewers the next best thing – a feast for the eyes.



The Artist

Claes Oldenburg

A very public artist, Claes Oldenburg is the artist behind a number of high profile public sculptures seen in cities in the United States. His works are typically highly creative and include the clothespin near City Hall in Philadelphia, a giant rubber stamp in Cleveland, and a giant tube of lipstick on caterpillar tracks at Yale University. The Swedish-American artist studied art history and literature at Yale University between 1946 to 1950 and was a member of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. A prize winning artist, Oldenburg has had his work displayed at the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery.

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