Since the 1960s renowned artist Claes Oldenburg has been at the forefront of the Conceptual and Pop Art movements. His oversized sculptures are instantly recognizable and have inspired countless artists. Born in 1929 in Sweden, Oldenburg spent much of his adolescence in the US, before moving permanently to New York in 1956. Oldenburg participated in the array of happenings (performances) that began to take place in New York in the late… Read more
About the artwork
According to Oldenburg, the piece alludes to a famous ink blot on the wall of a room in Warburg castle in the vicinity of Kassel, Germany. It is said to have been caused when Martin Luther threw his ink bottle at a fly that was distracting him in the course of translating the Bible, believing that it was the devil. The lithograph certainly captures the energy of such a throw, the entire image animated by a sense of movement and activity.