Image: Flying Pizza
(Stockholm, Sweden, 1929 - )

Flying Pizza , 1964

Lithograph on paper
21 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (54.61 cm x 41.91 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
1970.8 i
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.
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