{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 42, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/42", "Disp_Access_No" : "2015.2.38", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1976 (printed 1975)", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1976", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1976", "Disp_Title" : "Study for Standing Mitt", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Claes Oldenburg", "Sort_Artist" : "Oldenburg, Claes", "Disp_Dimen" : "38 x 24 1/4 in. (96.5 x 61.6 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "38 in.", "Disp_Width" : "24 1/4 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "", "Medium" : "offset lithograph in four colors", "Support" : "cream, thick, moderately textured Hammermill Antique Cover paper", "Disp_Medium" : "offset lithograph in four colors on cream, thick, moderately textured Hammermill Antique Cover paper", "Info_Page_Comm" : "<SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Helvetica'">Claes Oldenburg’s statues and sketches of everyday items imbue the mundane with imaginative possibility. The soft lines and muted colors of the baseball mitt suggest the simple and comforting nature that the pastime represents. The sketch-like quality of the lithograph speaks to the nostalgia of the mitt, nobly centered against a splotchy brown background. The celebration of this wistful affection alludes to the piece’s purpose as a study for the twelve-foot statue Oldenburg would later construct as one of his many monuments to middle class delights. Consistent with much of the Pop art movement, the piece honors a distinctly American emblem. In keeping with his effort to “give existence to fantasy,” </SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Helvetica';font-style:italic">Baseball Mitt</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Helvetica'"> evidences Oldenburg’s fondness for the spirit of the object he portrays.</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Segoe UI'"><BR/><BR/></SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Helvetica';font-style:italic">Molly Donovan `16</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Segoe UI'"><BR/></SPAN></SPAN>", "Dedication" : "Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/Oldenburg_BaseballMitt.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/Oldenburg_BaseballMitt.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/Oldenburg_BaseballMitt.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/Oldenburg_BaseballMitt.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "26", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 43, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/43", "Disp_Access_No" : "2015.2.39", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1975", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1975", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1975", "Disp_Title" : "Proposal for a Colossal Monument in the Form of a Typewriter Eraser for Alcatraz Island (1972)", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Claes Oldenburg", "Sort_Artist" : "Oldenburg, Claes", "Disp_Dimen" : "sheet: 32 1/2 x 24 in. 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Evidence of Oldenburg’s lithograph print is echoed in the three larger statues in his series, Typewriter Erasers, as well as in several of his other prints and drawings. However, the piece’s original purpose as a proposal for a monument for Alcatraz Island never came to fruition, much like many of Oldenburg’s imaginary anti-monuments. Like these other contemplations, the proposal questions the status of the commemorative statue, replacing the classic heraldic symbols of the nation with a different form of Americana. Given the postmodern power placed upon banal objects, the eraser suggests the dual whimsy and potency of kitsch and serves as an alternative symbol of the spirit of the time.</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Segoe UI'"><BR/><BR/></SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Helvetica';font-style:italic">Molly Donovan `16</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Segoe UI'"><BR/></SPAN></SPAN>", "Dedication" : "Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/Oldenburg_TypewriterEraser.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/Oldenburg_TypewriterEraser.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/Oldenburg_TypewriterEraser.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/Oldenburg_TypewriterEraser.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "27", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }