Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg, artist of the Split Button sculpture, dies at 93

Swedish-American pop artist and sculptor of Penn’s iconic Split Button statue Claes Oldenburg died at the age of 93 at his home and studio in Manhattan on Monday, July 18. Oldenburg’s works mostly focused on objects associated with human needs and desires rather than people. Constructed in 1981, the Split Button weighs 5,000 pounds and is 16 feet in diameter. Sitting in front of Van Pelt Library, the total cost of the sculpture, including transportation and installation, was $100,000. The sculpture was funded by the University, private donors, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lincoln Journal Star

On The Beat: Remembering Claes Oldenburg and 'Torn Notebook'

It might have been a coffee cup or a roller skate. It certainly wasn’t going to be a football. Instead, after a drive from Kansas City to Lincoln, and much deliberation, the sculpture Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen created for the Sheldon Museum of Art became a spiral notebook that, like Oldenburg’s own sketchbooks, was ripped in half, with pages scattering to the wind.

Claes Oldenburg, sculptor of ‘Umbrella' and ‘Plantoir, dies at 93

DES MOINES, IOWA — Claes Oldenburg, a world-renowned sculptor who brought two unique pieces of public art to Des Moines, has died at the age of 93 at home in Manhattan the Washington Post reports. Oldenburg created some of the world’s most recognizable pop art – including the Spoonbridge...

Claes Oldenburg, Who Transformed Everyday Objects Into Towering Sculptures, Dies at 93

Claes Oldenburg, whose large-scale public sculptures elevated the mundane and pulled art closer to everyday life, died on July 18 at age 93. Over a six-decade career, the American Pop Art icon expanded the definition of public sculpture; his oversized renderings of everyday objects—including a 45-foot-tall steel clothespin, a 19-foot-tall typewriter eraser and a 52-foot-long spoon—are equal parts imposing and idiosyncratic.

Claes Oldenburg in Dallas — 1962

Claes Oldenburg, the Swedish-born American sculptor, died this week at the age of 93. Among his connections to Texas are two of my favorite Oldenburg pieces: the fabulous “Monument to the Last Horse,” a permanent fixture of Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation in Marfa which he created with his wife Coosje van Bruggen, and the much-missed “Stake Hitch,” a site-specific work commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art (installed in the brand-new DMA in 1984, and, sadly, de-installed in 2002 after a nasty contretemps between Oldenburg and the museum).

Soft Fans and Stake Hitches: RIP Claes Oldenburg

Yesterday, the artist Claes Oldenburg, who was known for his larger-than-life depictions of everyday objects, died at the age of 93. Oldenburg began participating in performance art happenings in New York in the 1950s. Then, in 1961, he opened The Store, which is perhaps still his most famous project (it also served as an inspiration for many other artists.) A year later, elements from The Store traveled to Dallas, where the artist staged a happening at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts.
Antelope Valley Press

Artist Claes Oldenburg, sculptor, dies at 93

NEW YORK — Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, who turned the mundane into the monumental through his outsized sculptures of a baseball bat, a clothespin and other objects, has died at age 93. Oldenburg died, Monday morning, in Manhattan, according to his daughter, Maartje Oldenburg. He had been in poor...

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“Taking ordinary objects like hamburgers and household items, Claes Oldenburg sculpted them in unfamiliar, often imposing dimensions—what he called his ‘Colossal Monuments,'” reports the New York Times. His Chicago sculptures include the 101-foot-tall “Batcolumn” on Madison in front of the Social Security Administration building. “His father, a diplomat, had postings in London, Berlin, Oslo and New York before being appointed in 1936 as the Swedish consul general in Chicago, where Claes grew up and attended the Latin School of Chicago.” After studying at Yale, “he returned to the Midwest to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1950s with the painter Paul Wieghardt, a student of Paul Klee’s… During his early years in art school, Mr. Oldenburg worked for the City News Bureau of Chicago, where one of his duties included drawing comic strips. He was the only major artist associated with Pop Art to have drawn comics professionally.”

pioneer pop artist claes oldenburg passes away aged 93

Legendary sculptor Claes Oldenburg has passed away at the age of 93. Born in Sweden in 1929 and living in the USA, Oldenburg was one of the protagonists of American Pop Art in the 1960s and was well-known for his whimsical public sculptures portraying daily-life items. Taking everyday objects like hamburgers, ice cream cones, and household appliances, he uncannily increased their scale to imposing dimensions, discovering humorous and profound portrayals of the ordinary. His characteristic work had a huge influence on many artists, who were informed by his freedom of thought and revolutionary manner of expression.