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Fireplug Souvenir, Chicago, August 1968

Claes Oldenburg

American, 1929-
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)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase

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.

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