Claes Oldenburg

(Stockholm, Sweden, 1929 - 2022, New York, New York)

Flying Pizza


Lithograph on paper

21 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (54.6 x 41.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund

1970.8 I

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Best known for playful, large-scale sculptures such as Inverted Q in the museum’s lobby, Claes Oldenburg is also a superb draughtsman and printmaker. He often uses drawings and prints to work out ideas for sculptures. Related forms and ideas will re-appear over the years in the guise of different objects. This lithograph contains a hint of Akron’s Q, which was produced over a decade later. Monumentalizing everyday objects such as lipsticks, hamburgers and baseball mitts, Oldenburg promotes them from commonplace to cultural symbol.


signed in pencil LR

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