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upper left base printed in gray ink: 4" / use as / sun-dial; center base printed in gray ink: 4" / facade / y; center left base printed in gray ink: 2 3/4" ear / x / 4" / © copyright Claes Oldenburg 1971; center base printed in gray ink: face [sic] / 3" / 4"; center right base printed in gray ink: nose / z / 1 3/4" / 4 3/8" / Cut along line to separate base; lower right base printed in gray ink: CLAES OLDENBURG / GEOMETRIC MOUSE / Scale D (Paper), "Home-made" / The Geometric Mouse exists in several scales. The diameter / of the "ear" in the largest Geometric Mouse is 9 feet. / In this miniature version - the smallest - the "ear" diameter / is 6 inches. / The white, paper Geometric Mouse is called "home-made" / because it is a reproduction (2/3 smaller) of the / prototype made in preparation for the fabricated, black, / metal Geometric Mouse, Scale C - "ear" diameter / 9 inches. The suggested position for the Geometric Mouse / is shown at left. / Match the contact points indicated on the base. Several / other positions are possible, but too much movement of the / parts maybe cause the connections to deform or break / C.O. New York, 1971 / The paper Geometric Mouse is die-cut and exquipped with stainless steel wire hinges and bead chains. It is / impreinted with reproductions of the artist's notations / and signature. A base designed by the artists is / included. The paper Geometric Mouse is published in / an unlimited edition. / Producted by Gemini G.E.L. [gemini symbol, circled] / 8365 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, California 90069; left center verso base in black ballpoint pen by unknown hand: Oldenburg / "Mouse" / paper - home made multiple; center left ear of the mouse printed in gray ink: ear A 6"; center right ear of the mouse printed in gray ink: ear B 6"; upper center face of the mouse printed in gray ink: facade; center left face of the mouse printed in gray ink: 7 1/18" / window / A / 1 7/16" / 1"; center right face of the mouse printed in gray ink: window / B / 1 7/16" / 1"; lower right face of the mouse printed in gray ink: 7 1/8"; center left tear of mouse printed in gray ink: tear / A; center right tear of mouse printed in gray ink: tear / B; center nose of mouse printed in gray ink: nose / 4 3/4"; upper left verso face of mouse printed in gray ink: GM(D); lower right verso body of mouse printed in gray ink: C.O. '71 / © copyright Claes Oldenburg 1971. Produced by Gemini G.E.L. [gemini symbol, circled]

Provenance

Olga Hirshhorn, Washington, DC; gift to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2004; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1997
Axsom, Richard H. and David Platzker. Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters, and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg, a Catalogue Raissoné. New York: Husdon Hills Press in association with Madison Art Center, Wisconsin, 1997. pp. 160-161, no. 73.