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Ray Gun by Claes Oldenburg

Ray Gun by Claes Oldenburg

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 250

Sheet Size: 39.9 x 30 cm

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


Condition: Pristine

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Screenprint in three colors based on his 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.

Ray gun is one of Oldenburg’s most iconic motifs, 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 screenprint spells out “Ray Gun” in capital letters. The words look ripped, and the textured background is reminiscent of asphalt.

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.


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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