Edited by Barbara Haskell, Claes Oldenburg: Object Into Monument dissects the sculptor's most famous practice of creating sculptures of enlarged, everyday objects - in case Godzilla ever needs a paperclip, he should talk to Oldenburg. And in Object Into Monument, Oldenburg is very open in disclosing the site-specific or autobiographical inspirations behind his work: talking about his piece New York: Banana, Oldenburg notes, "There's a great anonymous monument in the form of a banana on the pier in Oslo where the banana boats came in. I used to love it as a child, then forgot all about it until 1966 when I returned to Oslo. Later on, I wasn't sure if I really had seen it or it had been a dream." Steeped in irreverent humor and childlike mischief, Oldenburg's work achieves a rare balance of being both hilarious and thought-provoking, and with its artist sketches and piece-by-piece descriptions, Object Into Monument is an enlightening examination of one of contemporary art's most recognizable figures.
- 135 pages with 88 photos, 72 sketches, and a chronology of the artist's works up to publication date (1971)
- 10.3 x 8.5 x .4 inches
- Ward Ritchie Press, 1971