Claes Oldenburg - Soft Drum Set
American, b. 1929
Soft Drum Set, 1972
Lithograph, 29 x 40 inches
Edition 43/68
Gemini G.E.L.

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Claes Oldenburg, the renowned Pop Art sculptor, is also one of the great draftsmen of the twentieth century. His imaginative drawings and prints have been the basis for his sculpture, especially the large-scale projects. He is renowned for taking everyday objects and recreating them as sculpture in a variety of materials that transform their original identities. He also employs surprising changes in scale and materials. One of his wittiest strategies is to take what is hard and make it soft. The ordinary becomes fantastical.

Oldenburg's Miniature Soft Drum Set is a mass-produced edition sculpture known as a multiple. It is related to the artist's rendering of the same subject in unique larger-scale sculptures and in numerous drawings and prints.