But I, at some point, might believe them. I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all, an art given the chance of having a starting point of zero. I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap and still comes out on top. I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent, or whatever is necessary.
Here are five of his most iconic public works.
Photo by vige, via Flickr. Meant to serve as a platform for speakers during anti-Vietnam protests, then reaching fever pitch on college campuses across the country, its visual juxtaposition undercut the muscular rhetoric of war with a feminized product. The Pop artist, a Yale graduate himself, worked with a group of students, faculty, and alumni who paid for the cost of materials the artist charged no fee for the work.
Although university leadership never officially condoned the sculpture, it remained standing until when the wooden tracks began to rot through. Photo by John Vosburgh, via Flickr. Throughout the s, Oldenburg continued designing public works—each one larger than the last.
The pair married inafter which point they officially collaborated on more than 40 site-specific public works over three decades. Oldenburg had originally planned to make it red, but as the artist once recounted, when she visited the fabricator van Bruggen shot back: Besides, red is not a Chicago color; Chicago is all gray.
Photo by m, via Flickr. InOldenburg came across a novelty spoon resting on a pool of fake chocolate. The visual lodged in his mind, and the utensil popped up in a number of his plans and drawings over the years. But it would be more than two decades before the motif came to be realized—in monumental fashion—in a Minneapolis sculpture garden.
Photo by dewet, via Flickr. Donald and Doris Fisher, founders of the clothing brand The Gap, commissioned this work for a small park along the Embarcadero, on the edge of the San Francisco Bay.
In its new position, the artists hoped to evoke both the prows of passing ships and the suspension cables of the Bay Bridge. In all, the foot sculpture took more than three years to realize.Oldenburg’s Shelf Life () is a set of 15 mixed-media sculptures, each comprising a custom-made shelf upon which the artist has arranged a display of miniature objects that reference his most iconic works—many of them outsized sculptures or large-scale public art installations created over the past six decades.
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The sculptor, firmly entrenched in downtown New York, is an original Pop Art star with an undeniable legacy. Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish-born American sculptor known for his innovative and humorous reconstructions of everyday objects in both large-scale public installations and soft materials.
Along with Tom Wesselmann, Jasper Johns, and Allan Kaprow, Oldenburg is associated with the Pop Art . Claes Oldenburg, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, , reworked Photo by vige, via Flickr.
Photo by vige, via Flickr. On May 15, , as students of Yale sat down to their final exams, a monumental sculpture was .