Store Days. Documents from The Store (1961) and Ray Gun Theater (1962). Selected by Claes Oldenburg and Emmett Williams. Photographs by Robert McElroy
New York: Something Else Press, Inc., 1967. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's off-white cloth, spine stamped magenta and silver, upper board blindstamped, top edge stained green, illustrated endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket, original glassine envelope mounted to front free endpaper with business card announcing grand opening of The Store inside.
Record of Swedish-born American Pop Art sculptor Oldenburg's two-month "pop-up" exhibition (December 1, 1961 - January 31, 1962) in an East Village storefront, where he sold readymade sculptures of ordinary consumer products, heralding "the slippery line between art and commodity and the role of the artist in self-promotion" (MoMA). Also documented are a series of happenings produced by Oldenburg's Ray Gun Theater in the same space, with the participation of Pat Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann and others. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos, drawings, reproductions of program notes, script pages and notebook entries. Spine panel lightly rubbed; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear. Near fine. Item #6807