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date: 22 October 2020

Oldenburg, Claes (1929– ). Sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman 

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists

Ann Lee Morgan

A pioneering creator of *happenings, in the early 1960s he contributed to *pop art with witty soft sculptures of common objects, such as typewriters and hamburgers. Since the mid-1970s, he has specialized in monuments for public places. These, too, generally invoke the iconography of everyday life, but their gigantic size frees their subjects from normal associations, producing effects ranging from whimsy to menace. Many drawings for unrealized projects present fantastic visions that amplify the surrealist underpinnings of his sculpture. Since the late 1960s, he has also produced prints and sculptural multiples.... ...

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