Claes Oldenburg - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Eleanor Ward, New York
    Jan Eric Löwenadler, Switzerland
    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1980s

  • Exhibited

    Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Amerikansk pop-konst: 106 former av kärlek och förtvivlan, February 29 - April 12, 1964, no. 57 (titled January Calendar)
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, American Pop Art, June 22 - July 26, 1964, no. 45 (titled January Calendar)
    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Claes Oldenburg, September 25 - November 23, 1969, no. 44
    Pace London, A Strong, Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser, February 5 - March 28, 2015, p. 120 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Oldenburg’s objects demand close examination…their surfaces are articulated, sometimes by stitching or the application of paint, sometimes by the use of shining, highly reflective materials. As a result, these objects, shaded, patched, divided into zones, embroidered, painted, crumpled in pleats—in short, varied by every conceivable technique of enrichment—seem constantly alive."
    (Barbara Rose, Claes Oldenburg, New York, 1970, p. 9)


Soft Calendar for January

signed and dated "Claes Oldenburg 1963" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas filled with kapok and rope, mounted on painted panel
18 x 12 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (45.7 x 32.7 x 24.1 cm.)
Executed in 1963.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $112,500

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John McCord
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New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017