Claes OLDENBURG, Sailboat thinking of Q Enlarge 1 /1


Sweden born 1929

  • United States of America from 1930

Sailboat thinking of Q 1976 Title Notes: 017-003
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Creation Notes: printing supervised by Kenneth Tyler; printed by John Hutcheson and Kenneth Tyler; start date 7 October 1976, second of 3 stones printed 13 October 1976
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, relief colour lithograph in 1 colour over monoprint base in 1 colour Support: cream, wove, machine mould made Arches paper
Manufacturer's Mark: upper left, "ARCHES / FRANCE" [vertical]
Impression: working proof
Edition: one of 15 proofs, 12 on Arches Roll paper and 3 on Ducheme handmade paper; possibly 2 further proofs on Arches Roll paper
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1976

Edition Notes: This four colour lithograph by Claes Oldenburg was printed as a benefit for the Collegiate School. It was printed in 1976 at A. Colish Printing of Mt. Vernon, New York and at the artist's request the printing by supervised by Kenneth Tyler. The edition was co-published by Leo Castelli Gallery of Manhattan and the Margo Leavin Gallery of Los Angeles. The Castelli edition numbered 100 and the Leavin edition numbered 75. In researching the print for a more complete documentation of the number of proofs, signature information and other specific details, no consistent and accurate records for the entire printing were found. The print is an original print by Oldenburg as described above, but it was completed at a time when public disclosure of edition details was not required. Neither of the galleries has complete records and A. Colish company destroys the files of printing jobs after seven years. Tyler Graphics was neither the printer nor the publisher and therefore does not have complete records of either.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, TGL chop [hexagon] verso: inscribed lower right, pencil "CO 76 - 296"
Dimensions: image 57.2 h x 43.1 w cm sheet 76.4 h x 56.7 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Axsom and Platzker, Printed stuff, 1997, cat. 164; Tyler Graphics Documentation, 1990.
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1365.1
Image rights: © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen