Claes Oldenburg - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ileana Sonnabend Gallery, Paris; Private collection, Paris; Private collection, West Hampton Beach, New York

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Ileana Sonnabend Gallery, Claes Oldenburg, October - November, 1964

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Food or clothing that was petrified in plaster in 1962 were offered in soft, sensual guise, as though an influx of flesh had generated its substance, brought it out from within without breaking. The swollenness of these works announces an intense interiority, a thrust toward impatient fullness. It gives vent to an impulse of expansion, as though the richness contained within an object has found an outlet, thus emancipating it. The energy field conveyed into the flesh of the object captures a dynamism, a kind of growth where its skin actually grows and expands. Carried over into food, the effervescence makes the object pasty and leavened, hence cooked and thus enjoyable, edible, erotically consumable.” (G. Celant, “Claes Oldenburg and the Feeling of Things”, Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology, 1995, New York, p.28).


Ice Cream Display

Pigment on plaster over wire mesh.
16 x 9 ½ x 5 in (40.6 x 24.1 x 12.7).

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $120,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York