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Shelf Life

Claes Oldenburg (American (born in Sweden, 1929))


Each shelf: 50.6 × 73 × 31 cm (19 15/16 × 28 3/4 × 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shelves: painted metal, painted wood. Objects: wood, paper, cardboard, paint, fabric, textiles, metal, plastic, polystyrene, chalk, sand, ceramic, clay, T and push pins, plaster, nails, foam core, rubber, masking tape, polyester batting, plasticine, pipe cleaners, cord, metal wire, polyurethane foam, lead shots, mat board, desiccated leaves, knitted yarn, painted tree branches, pigmented wax, staples, nylon cord, spackle, styrofoam sheet, pencil marks, painted epoxy resin, Blue Tack

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Fifteen metal shelves with mixed media objects.


Pace Gallery, New York; 2018, sold by Pace to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2018)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Ann and Graham Gund, Cathy Minehan and Jerry Corrigan, Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond through the Acorn Foundation, Bruce Beal, Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund, Julie and Kevin Callaghan, Julie and Ron Druker, Peggy Koenig, Joyce Linde, Nancy and Richard Lubin, The Lunder Foundation—Peter and Paula Lunder Family, and Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Family Foundation