Pick Axe (Spitzhacke) Superimposed on a Drawing of the Site by E.L. Grimm by Claes Thure Oldenburg

Pick Axe (Spitzhacke) Superimposed on a Drawing of the Site by E.L. Grimm by Claes Thure Oldenburg

Pick Axe (Spitzhacke) Superimposed on a Drawing of the Site by E.L. Grimm

Claes Thure Oldenburg

Title

Pick Axe (Spitzhacke) Superimposed on a Drawing of the Site by E.L. Grimm

 
Artist
Year
1982  
Technique
color photogravure, etching and spitbite aquatint from 4 plates 
Image Size
6 7/16 x 10 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right margin of sheet 
Edition Size
98/100; there are 30 various proof impressions 
Annotations
pencil editioned in lower left margin corner, dated "1982" in lower margins of sheet 
Reference
Axsom 180 
Paper
antique-white "Auvergne a la Main / Richard de Bas handmade 
State
published 
Publisher
Documenta Foundation, Kassl, Germany; Multiples, NY 
Inventory ID
17647 
Price
$2,250.00 
Description

"Pick Axe Superimposed on a Drawing of the Site by E.L. Grimm" is Oldenburg's graphic interpretation of a site specific sculpture titled "Spitzhacke" (Pick Axe) that was commissioned the the city of Kassel, Germany for "Documenta 7" in 1982. The sculpture measures 36 ft. 9 in. x 44 ft. 6 in. x 3 ft. 8 in. "Documenta" is an international exhibition in Kassel that occurs every 5 years. The sculpture is now part of the city's collection of public works.

Emil Ludwig Grimm was the younger brother of Jacob and Willem Grimm, "The Brothers Grimm." He was an artist and illustrator. A drawing from 1822 by E.L. Grimm was discovered at the Bruder Grimm Museum in Kassel that depicted the location that the Oldenburg sculpture was to be installed. Virtually unchanged, the drawing was photogravured and used by Oldenburg to create this etching, published in conjuction with the debut of the sculpture.

The platemark of the image is only 6-1/2 x 10-1/8 inches but is printed on a large sheet of paper. The print is pencil signed, dated and numbered in the lower margin. In order to see the image we have cut the signature. A full image of the sheet will be provided on request.