A UNIQUE HOLIDAY GREETING CARD FROM CLAES OLDENBURG TO SAMUEL WAGSTAFF, 1965

OLDENBURG1A pig has its day in this greeting card sent by Stockholm-born, American sculptor CLAES OLDENBURG to curator and collector SAMUEL WAGSTAFF. Mr. Wagstaff was an early promoter of photography, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Earthworks.  <“To Samuel Wagstaff” (c. 1965), Photomechanical reproduction of a drawing, © Claes Oldenburg>

OLDENBURG2<PHOTO of Claes Oldenburg by Raimond Spekking/CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons CLAES OLDENBURG is best known for public art installations featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects.  TORONTO’s Art Gallery of Ontario has Mr. Oldenburg’s FLOOR BURGER in its collection.  You couldn’t get more everyday than this.

OLDENBURG5FLOOR BURGER (originally called ‘Giant Hamburger’) was purchased for $2,000 from the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1967.  Needless to say, it was very controversial at the time.

OLDENBURG3 The sculpture has spawned lookalikes, including the Hamburger Bed shown below – http://www.mooshkatoo.blogspot.ca

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