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Baked Potato

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In the early 1960s Claes Oldenburg made replicas of consumer goods and food, which he used in theatrical performances and sold in his own shop: The Store. His work was a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, bringing art to the man in the street like a commodity. This baked potato on a plate was his first multiple. The potato (edition of 75) is hand-painted, but has a manufactured look due to the specially developed paint scheme. The snipped chives were made by spattering the paint with a toothbrush.

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Title Baked Potato
Material and technique Acrylic paint, cast resin and porcelain
Object type
Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 21 cm
Width 12 cm
Depth 10 cm
Artists Beeldhouwer: Claes Oldenburg
Accession number BEK 1883 a-b (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Schenking / Donation: Hans Sonnenberg 2012
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2012
Age artist About 37 years old
Collector Collector / Hans Sonnenberg
Internal exhibitions Meneer Delta, een galeriehouder en verzamelaar in het museum (2012)
External exhibitions The American Dream (2017)

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Claes Oldenburg

Stockholm 1929

Claes Oldenburg is of Swedish origin and studied art and literature at Yale University and subsequently, from 1950 to 1954, at the School of the Art Institute...

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