Clothespin - 4 Foot Version A.P. IV

1974

Object

Artist

Claes Oldenburg, American, Swedish, 1929-
Born: Stockholm, Sweden
Work Locations: New York, NY

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Currently on view
Object ID: 1981.11

Medium/Technique

Bronze and stainless steel on acrylic base

Credit

Funds from Alliance For Contemporary Art, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Madden, and Kenneth M. Good.

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Dimensions

overall height: 48.5 in, 123.1900 cm; overall width: 17.5 in, 44.4500 cm; overall depth: 8.25 in, 20.9550 cm; weight: 65 oz, 1842.6850 g; length: 16.25 in, 41.2750 cm; width: 7 in, 17.7800 cm; height: 47.5 in, 120.6500 cm; length: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; width

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Claes Oldenburg, Clothespin - 4 Foot Version A.P lV, 1974. Bronze and stainless steel on acrylic base; 48 x 16 1/4 x 7 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Alliance For Contemporary Art, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Madden, Kenneth M. Good., 1981.11. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg.

Edition

Edition of 9, 4 A.P.

Inscription

"Oldenburg" on base

Extended Info

Oldenburg's monumental sculptures celebrate the significance and beauty of everyday things – often making subjects much bigger than life. This work is a one-twelfth size scale model of the 48 1/2 foot high sculpture in Centre Square, Philadelphia, installed during the bicentennial year, 1976. It's spring forms the numbers '7' and '6'. The form of the two halves of the clothespin also alludes to Brancusi's famous sculpture, The Kiss, which is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection.  

Exhibition History

  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003