This is an offset lithograph poster out of an estimated printing of 3,000 examples issued to publicize the spring 1967 exhibition at the prestigious Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, of new works by the then-young artist CLAES OLDENBURG (1929-). The subject is titled at left "English Plug". Oldenburg, born in Sweden to a diplomat who was consul general of that nation in Chicago, went on to become one of the premier names in pop art, some works having auctioned for over one million dollars. Oldenburg is known for very large scale, public installation replicas of mundane everyday objects. His work is included in major museum and private collections around the globe. Subjects have included typewriter erasers, cherries on a spoon, arrows and bows, electrical plugs, toilets, and countless other objects that modern people see regularly; the artist simply causes them to pause and truly ponder the object and its place in modern life. This print in conservative blue and brown would have been issued when Oldenburg was only in his late thirties, with many spectacularly creative years ahead of him. The present example, measuring 23 1/2" by 30 1/2", is framed without mat, and is behind Plexiglas for easy shipping. Condition is good save for some water staining at bottom center, hardly noticeable in the busy, vibrating lettering. This is a fine, highly collectable 1960's pop art poster. See the net for much more on Oldenburg and his importance to the Pop Art movement. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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