CLAES OLDENBURG "GEOMETRIC MOUSE" LITHOGRAPH, 1968
Claes Oldenberg (1929-2022) is a Swedish-born American artist, renowned for his contribution to Pop art by way of his iconic soft sculptures and public installations.
In 1962, Oldenburg debuted his revolutionary soft sculptures at the Green Gallery in New York. Three giant, squishy sculptures of an ice cream cone, a hamburger, and a slice of cake, swelled across the gallery floor, forever changing the way we define sculpture. It has been noted that Oldenburg's early work was largely inspired by Yayoi Kusama's hand-sewn phallic-shaped soft sculptures that enveloped the surfaces of ironing boards, sofas, and boats.
Ranging from voluminous hamburgers (famously on display at the AGO) to ballistic badminton shuttlecocks, Oldenberg's colossal sculptures replicate commonplace objects on a grand scale, often disrupting the environment they inhibit with curious and playful subtexts. The confrontational nature of Oldenberg's sculptures places an emphasis on the viewer, asking us to reconsider our relationship to these recognizable, but obscure, objects.
"Geometric Mouse" offers a rare glimpse into Oldenburg's process behind the scenes. This piece is an output from his Notes portfolio, a series of 12 lithographs that follows the likes of a scrapbook, combining fragments of texts, photos, and sketches that give life to the early stages of Oldenburg's ideation.
Featuring multiple renditions of the unmistakable Disney mascot, this dynamic print details the grim outcome of the character taking a tumble down the Hollywood Hills. Oldenburg includes descriptive notes that signify each stage of the process; "falling down" and "bent".
"Geometric Mouse" was the only idea from this portfolio that was actually realized. Examples of the final product are now on display at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center.
As Oldenburg's sculptures are selling for upwards of $2 million, his lithographs are a rare opportunity to acquire a piece by this legendary artist on a much more modest scale.
Today, Oldenburg's work is enjoyed across the globe with public sculptures spanning over 11 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Along with his wife and frequent collaborator, Coosje van Bruggen, Oldenburg was the recipient of numerous accolades including Distinction in Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York (2002); and Medal Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004).
Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720
"Untitled (Geometric Mouse)" from the Notes Portfolio
Signed and dated by artist
From an edition of 100
22.5"H 15.5"W (sheet)
23.25"H 16.24"W (framed)
Very good condition.
- Where does the inventory ship from?
Our inventory is divided between New York and Toronto.
- Where do you ship to?
We can ship anywhere. Typically when we ship within North America we prefer to use FedEx or DHL. To Europe, Asia and beyond we generally use DHL.
- How much does it cost to ship?
For shipments within North America, we typically charge a flat rate fee. Many items on our site will list the rate. For shipping outside of North America, we can easily provide a quote and will look for the most efficient and economical option.
Most of the items on our site can be easily shipped internationally.
Occasionally we will recommend that an artwork be removed from its frame for shipping. Larger framed works are typically framed with plexiglass. We export over 80% of what we sell, so we are comfortable shipping anywhere.
- Are there additional taxes or fees?
When a work is valued above $2,500 usd there is a possibility of tax of 0.35%, but this is applied sporadically. There can similarly be an additional fee for customs brokerage and this can range from $20 - $65. US Taxes, duties and customs brokerage are not included in our flat rate shipping. However most of our shipments to the US enter without any additional fees.
- Do you provide a certificate of authenticity?
Yes, we guarantee everything we sell. We can provide both a digital and printed version of our certificate of authenticity.
What is your return policy?
- Caviar20 wants you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. We have a 7 day no-questions full refund return policy for your purchase. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer. After 8 days returns are given a credit note. There is no expiration for our credit notes.
- What payment methods do you accept?
Canadian clients are welcomed and encouraged to pay with interac.