Claes Oldenburg (1929-)
Knife Ship II
softcover flip book in hinged Plexiglass case
1/4h x 4 1/2w x 3d in
plexi case: 2h x 5w x 3 1/2d in
unnumbered limited edition
This book is part of a limited-edition produced exclusively for members of The Director’s Forum at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Oldenburg 'Knife' To Go On View In Moca Plaza
Los Angeles Times, October 04, 1987
"The Knife Ship II, " Claes Oldenburg's 41-foot-long Swiss Army knife with two motorized blades, corkscrew and eight oars, is a sculpture currently dropping anchor in the outdoor plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art after about seven months in storage.
A 10-member crew, who began installing the giant Pop art sculpture two weeks ago, are expected to finish their work by mid-October, said a museum spokeswoman. Then the artwork, animated by three motors and a computer, will be set in perpetual motion for viewing during museum hours through February.
"The corkscrew moves up and down, the blades go up and down and the oars move, too," said MOCA director Richard Koshalek recently, as happy about the installation as a child with a new toy.
The shiny red artwork is a replica of one Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, designed for a 1985 multimedia event, "Il Corso del Coltello" ("The Course of the Knife"), where it sailed down Venice canals, its corkscrew and blades simulating a mast and sails.
"Knife Ship II" was loaned to MOCA from GFT USA Corp., a division of Gruppo GFT, an Italian fashion conglomerate that intends to make the work a gift to the museum's permanent collection.
"We felt the plaza was a perfect place for the piece because it's not only to be seen by those sitting in the plaza and in the museum's restaurant, but it'll be seen in office buildings surrounding the site," Koshalek said.
Previously displayed at New York's Guggenheim Museum, "Knife Ship II" will be exhibited after February for about a year at MOCA's Temporary Contemporary, joining "The Store," a life-size Oldenburg creation from the early '60s. This "metaphor for the city" of Manhattan, that looks just like its name implies, contains sculpted food, clothing and other everyday, salable wares, Koshalek said._______Zan Dubin
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