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The Whimsical Father of Pop Art Claes Oldenburg Passed Away


With a heavy heart, we have to inform you of heartbreaking news which was received on July 18, 2022. Claes Oldenburg passed away at 93. The cause might have been due to his health issues.

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Born on January 28, 1929, the Swedish-born American sculptor, attracted much attention to himself for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects.

The artist was busy working as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago while he was developing his craft as the same time. He opened his own studio, which led him to gain fame as a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1953.

He used to work in the library of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration for a time, where he gained lots of acknowledge on his own about the history of art.

His first recorded sales of artworks were at the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago. t that point, he was able to sell 5 items for a total price of $25. Soon after, the legend moved back to New York City which was in 1956.

At the time he completed a free-hanging piece made from a woman’s stocking stuffed with newspaper, Oldenburg started toying with the idea of soft sculpture in 1957.

Three-Way Plug is known as his first public work which came on commission from Oberlin College with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His collaboration with Coosje van Bruggen dates from 1976, who is a Dutch/American writer and art historian.

Their first collaboration came at the point Mr.Oldenburg was commissioned to rework Trowel I. It is known to be a 1971 sculpture of an oversize garden tool, for the grounds of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

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Claes Oldenburg Passed Away at 93

The legend who made him a leading force in pop art, Claes Oldenburg passed away on July 18 at his home in Manhattan. The tragic loss was confirmed by the senior partner at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Steve Henry.

According to Steve Henry, Mr. Oldenburg had been in poor health though it’s not for sure that was his cause of death.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art tribute: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Claes Oldenburg. He and his wife Coosje van Bruggen created our gigantic Shuttlecocks that have become iconic Kansas City symbols.”

One commented: “Claes Oldenburg gone at 93. His exhibit at MOMA when I was very young, left a lasting impression on me to this day, my photos are often influenced by his lighthearted caricatures R.I.P.”

Soft sculpture versions of everyday objects are particularly another theme in his work. Coosje van Bruggen was the collaboration in many of his husband’s works, with whom he was married for 32 years. She sadly passed away in 2009 due to the effects of breast cancer.

Oldenburg and van Bruggen acquired Château de la Borde, a small Loire Valley chateau in 1992. According to sources, the music room gave them the idea of making a domestically sized collection.

Van Bruggen and Oldenburg renovated the house, decorating it with modernist pieces by:

  •  Le Corbusier, 
  • Charles and Ray Eames, 
  • Alvar Aalto
  • Frank Gehry, 
  • Eileen Gray

Mr. Oldenburg was in a relationship with Hannah Wilke, who was a feminist artist and sculptor, between 1969 and 1977. Sadly she left this world behind as well in 1993. The pair used to share several studios and went on trips together.

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