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Store Days

Store Days By Claes Oldenburg. Something Else Press, Illus., Color, 152 Pages, 1967.

The writings of Claes Oldenburg printed in Store Days consist of fragments, notes, philosophical observations, and scripts, dating from the Store of 1961 and the Ray Gun Theater of 1962. As he sketches his ideas, Oldenburg does not outline a coherent theory so much as he suggests an attitude toward theory. He thinks abstractly: “I operate, idea-wise, far above the ground,” but he counters the abstractions with an earthy factualness: “I have a compulsion . . . to relate myself to what is on the ground” (62). An example of dry intellection is the formula, “my art is a resolution of opposites: strives for a simultaneous presentation of contraries/opposites” (54), and this is followed by five pairs of opposites followed by etc. The etc. implies that such a theory has its own uninteresting momentum and meets

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