Fireplug Souvenir, Chicago

Fireplug Souvenir, Chicago
Claes Oldenburg (American, 1929-)
August 1968
Hydrocal plaster, painted red, Edition of 100, No. 61 
8 x 7-1/4 x 6 in. (20.3 x 18.4 x 15.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase 
Accession Number:
Not on View

Fabricated in an edition of 100, these multiples were made by Claes Oldenburg in response to the police brutality unleashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Like many of Oldenburg’s motifs, the fireplug is reused, reappropriated and transformed in a variety of media. The artist’s interest in making editions was constant throughout his career, whether in two or three dimensions.


Richard Feigen Gallery, Inc., New York, to;
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, sold 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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