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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M26457
People
Claes Oldenburg, American (Stockholm, Sweden 1929 -)
Designed by George Maciunas, American (Kaunas, Lithuania 1931 - 1978 Boston, MA)
Published by Fluxus, American
Title
False Food Selection
Classification
Multiples
Work Type
multiple
Date
1966
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wooden box with offset printed label, containing readymade plastic foods
Technique
Mixed technique
Dimensions
box closed: 8.9 x 42.2 x 19.5 cm (3 1/2 x 16 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
box open: 17.8 x 42.2 x 36.8 cm (7 x 16 5/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Barbara Moore, Bound/Unbound, New York, New York, partial gift partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, June 28, 2005.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
S. 341
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection, Margaret Fisher Fund and gift of Barbara Moore/Bound & Unbound
Copyright
© Claes Oldenburg
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
M26457
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
One of a small number of prototypes for a planned but never editioned multiple. Oldenburg recalls that this planned Fluxus edition was a variation of another planned, unrealized edition with Multiples, Inc. for a lunch box with several handmade objects to be cast and encased in plastic. He notes that "in order to conform to the Fluxus movement's emphasis on found objects, I proposed a selection of purchased food imitations, like many of the items found in the 'museum'. Maciunas would obtain as many items as he could from various suppliers. I would choose from among them until I has a group I liked." (Claes Oldenburg: Multiples in Retrospect, p. 24). The box, divided into five compartments, contains 24 items, including (1) ham & eggs (glued to the inside of the lid); in compartment 1: 1 pickle, 1 hot dog, and 1 oatmeal cookie; compartment 2: 1 tomato and 1 pear; compartment 3: 5 "Bakeland" cookies, 5 round butter cookies, 1 "Milk Arrowroot" biscuit, and 1 poppyseed roll; compartment 4: 4 petit-fours, 1 chocolate doughnut; and compartment 5: 1 banana.
Publication History

Claes Oldenburg, Claes Oldenburg: Multiples in Retrospect, 1964-1990, Rizzoli International (New York, 1991), pp. 24-5

Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 172-173, cat. 44, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/2007 - 06/10/2007

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/03/2015 - 01/03/2016; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 02/13/2016 - 04/13/2016

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