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Claes Oldenburg

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Blake Waszmer

on 24 January 2014

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Claes Oldenburg was born on January 28, 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden. His father was a diplomat and moved his family to New York, then to Oslo, Norway. They then moved to Chicago in 1936. Claes studied at Yale University from 1946-1950.
After he graduated with a degree from Yale, he went on to study art under Paul Wieghardt at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1950-1954. He opened a studio during his first two years there where he made easel paintings and magazine illustrations. He became an American citizen in December 1953. Claes moved back to New York in 1956.
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"Everything I do is completely original-I made it up when I was a kid." -Claes Oldenburg
Oldenburg was involved in a type of performance art called Happenings. He used soft sculpture- one of his inventions and his medium- as props for these performances. He recreated food and common household items using soft sculpture. It linked him with pop art.
Pop Art
Pop art was born in the 1950's in Britain. Some key characteristics of pop art are bright colors and recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products.
Claes Oldenburg spent much of his art career working with Coosje van Bruggen, who was also his second wife. They have created over 40 large-scale projects together. The two-some have won many recent awards for their work and several honorary degrees from colleges and universities. One of the many prizes they won was the Israeli Prize in March 1989.
Collaboration with Other Artists
Claes's artwork can be found in a number of places worldwide from New York to Sweden. Some of his other sculptures can be found around various plazas and universities. In addition to the many places you can see his artwork in the U.S.A., you can also view his artwork in Asia and Europe.
Oldenburg's Artwork- A Worldwide Phenomenon
Claes Oldenburg focused on proportion when creating his sculptures. He distorted the scale of most of his sculptures, creating humor and visual shock by altering the viewer's sense of scale.
Spoonbridge with Cherry
are two of his sculptures that this refers to.
Claes Currently
Claes is 84 years old as of today. He currently resides in New York City. His most recent sculpture was
Paint Torch
, which was installed outside the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in August 2011.
The Store
In 1961, Oldenburg opened The Store, an actual store located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Oldenburg created everyday items that were sold in surrounding stores out of plaster, such as ice cream, hats, and shoes. Every item was for sale at The Store. The Store was the beginning of Oldenburg's career and defined him as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Before The Artist

Before Claes wanted to be an artist, he studied in literature as well as art history at Yale University. Then he returned to Chicago and developed his craft further by being a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago.
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Principles of Design
Claes Oldenburg focused on unity, one of the Principles of Design. Claes pulled all the elements of art into one composition, which were his sculptures.
Element of Art
Claes Oldenburg's Element of Art is form. The form of his artwork was very unique and different. He used many different shapes and sizes to create his sculptures. The form he used was also very creative of him and helped him to succeed in his life as an artist.
Similar Pop Artists
Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud created similar art to Claes Oldenburg. Even though they weren't sculptors, they did paint household items and food, like Claes.
Wayne Thiebaud,
"Five Hot Dogs"
Andy Warhol,
"Campbell's Soup Can (Tomato)"
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