Sep 19, 2013
Sep 19, 2013

Postcard of the Spoon of the Ile St. Louis with Needles

Postcard of the Spoon of the Ile St. Louis with Needles


Claes Thure Oldenburg

(American, 1929–2022)

Color etching and aquatint

Support: Chine collé

Delia E. Holden Fund 1982.72



"Style in drawing is the recreation in shorthand and graph of the terms of one's physical vision...Of course the temperament as instrumented by the hand...affects the drawings. In my case: instantaneous, impulsive..."

Oldenburg is famous for his sculptures, which are objects or parts of the body increased to colossal scale and set in landscape or urban environments. Although monumental Oldenburg sculptures of everyday objects exist, like the Free Stamp in Cleveland, of the Clothespin in Philadelphia, Postcard of the Spoon of the Ile St. Louis with Needles is a fantasy---an idea for a sculpture that can never be made.

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PR - Etching
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Delia E. Holden Fund

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