Claes OLDENBURG, Untitled [Fire plug] Enlarge 1 /1


Sweden born 1929

  • United States of America from 1930

Untitled [Fire plug] 1968
Collection Title: the portfolio 'Notes' 1968
Title Notes: 002-012
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Creation Notes: printing supervised by Kenneth Tyler, printed on 1 March 1968 by Robert de la Rocha, assisted by Dan Gualdoni; edition cancelled 30 September 1968.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, relief colour lithograph with embossing printed from aluminum plates Support: white Rives BFK paper with cut edges
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 100 plus 15 artist's proofs, 5 trial proofs, right to print proof, 3 Gemini G.E.L. impressions, printer's proof II, cancellation proofs
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1968

Edition Notes: This print is from a portfolio of 12 colour prints and 13 pages of text plus title and colophon pages in a handmade folio with text in letterpress. 13 colour lithograph with embossing printed from multiple aluminum plates in the following sequence: transparent red, red-brown, transparent red, yellow, magenta, blue, black, blue balck, gloss varnish (double printed) and embossing. Supervision by Kenneth Tyler, edition printing by Robert de la Rocha assisted by Daniel Gualdoni.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower centre, pencil "Oldenburg 68"
Secondary Insc: numbered lower left, pencil "R.T.P."
Tertiary Insc: workshop chopmark lower centre "© [Gemini G.E.L. symbol]"; number verso lower centre, pencil "68.181"; workshop stamp verso lower centre, grey ink "GEMINI G.E.L. / LOS ANGELES, CALIF."; printed inscription, ink "War / memorial / P.O.P. / ocean / fields / fields / pop pk / fireplug for / Navy Pier / Chicago"
Dimensions: sheet 57.6 h x 40.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Axsom and Platzker, Printed stuff, 1997, cat. 55.4; Gemini G.E.L. cat. 108
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.963.4
Image rights: © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen