Claes OLDENBURG, Profile Airflow Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 2


Sweden born 1929

  • United States of America from 1930

Profile Airflow 1969 Title Notes: 003-001
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Creation Notes: production dates: January 1968 - February 1970
Materials & Technique: multiples, molded polyurethane, planographic molded coloured polyurethane relief over 2 colour lithograph, welded aluminium frame Support: Special Arjomari paper, aluminum frame
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 75 plus 6 artist proofs; 3 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles, California
Date Published: 1969

Edition Notes: Polyurethane fabricated by Cal Polymers, Long Beach, California. Polyurethane and Special Arjomari paper mounted on wood stretcher bars and framed in aluminium. Proofing and processing by Kenneth Tyler, edition printing by Richard Wilke assisted by Ronald Adams Oldenburg wanted Profile airflow made of transparent polyurethane to resemble both the effect of water in a swimming pool and flesh, however, the polyurethane became discoloured. When this discolouration occurred, the entire edition was recalled (as in a defective production lot of automobiles) and remade using improved plastics technology. (Claes Oldenburg: Multiples in retrospect 1964-1990 (New York: Rizzoli, 1991) p. 84)
Primary Insc: signed and lower right on paper, crayon "Oldebnburg 1969" [date obscured by frame]
Secondary Insc: titled lower centre, crayon "Profile Airflow"; numbered lower left, crayon "R.T.P."
Tertiary Insc: copyright and Gemini GEL chopmarks lower right; verso: inscribed lower left, pencil "68-304"
Dimensions: composition 82.8 h x 164.1 w x 6.0 d cm sheet 85.1 h x 166.5 w x 6.3 d cm Framed 1215 h x 2021 w x 150 d mm
Cat Raisonné: Axsom and Platzker, Printed stuff, 1997, cat. 59; Gemini G.E.L. cat. 178
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.908.2
Image rights: © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen