DescriptionCLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929)
Untitled (Five Views of the Tube), 1969
Black marker on paper
11 x 8-1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Initialed and dated lower right in pencil: CO 69 and dated in blue ball-point ink upper right: 7/69
Property of a California Collector (acquired directly from the artist)
Christie's Los Angeles, Post-War and Contemporary Art, June 6, 2001 (lot 3)
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Chapel Hill, NC
The Pop artist Claes Oldenburg is well known for finding inspiration in mundane and overlooked objects from everyday life and in the process activating and transforming them into works of art. Inherit in this new way of looking at the ordinary is the use of perspective. In Five Views Of The Tube the simple everyday object such as a paint or cream or toothpaste tube has been put through the excellent draftsmanship of Oldenburg and reworked to show variety and uniqueness in form and perspective in space. The product is seen dispensed from the tube in five different orientations and the tubes appear to float in space. The drawing is from a critical time in Pop art history, the 1960s is it was during this time that Pop art was a major force in the art world.
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.
Very minor toning to edges. A few light folds and pencil marks. Framed using an 8-ply acid free mat, a black wood exterior frame and conservation clear UV plexiglass. Framed Dimensions 19.75 X 16.75 Inches
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