Year 10 Art AssessmentTerm 2, Week 2, 2008
"I make my work out of my everyday experiences,which I find as perplexing and extraordinary as can be." -Claes Oldenburg, 1960."
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 28, 1929.Oldenburg is a Pop Art sculptor who is well known for taken familiar objects fromurban environments and everyday objects and turning them into sculptures thatinspire our imagination through noticeable contrasts with the real world.Oldenburg was the son of a Swedish diplomat. The family moved to the UnitedStates in 1936 when he was only seven years of age. They lived in New Yorkthen later moved to Chicago. This is where he graduated from the Latin School of Chicago. He studied at Yale University (1946-50), and then returned to Chicagoto study under Paul Wieghardt at the art institute of Chicago for four years.In 1953, he opened his own studio and became a naturalized citizen of theUnited States. In 1956, he moved back to New York and met an array of artists,including Red Grooms, Jim Dine and Allan Kaprow. Meeting these artistspresented Claes with different aspects of art including theatrical which wasdifferent to abstract expressionism that had begun to dominate the art scene.Oldenburg’s first wife (1960-70), Pat
Muschinski sewed many of his early softsculptures. In 1977, Claes got re-married to a Dutch/American Pop sculptor named Coosje Van Bruggen.