I have long been fascinated with Claes Oldenburg’s art. In his sculptures, mundane objects become iconic – perhaps even glamorous. Recently, I read this quote by Oldenburg:
“I am for an art that is political – erotical – mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.”
I had to laugh, because Oldenburg’s works have appeared in museums around the world. Of course many of his pieces also reside in outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by the masses who, at least temporarily, got off their asses to experience something unique.
Here are some of my favorite Claes Oldenburg sculptures.
Dropped Cone (Cologne, Germany)
Spoonbridge and Cherry (Minneapolis, MN)
Shuttlecocks (Kansas City, MO)
Saw, Sawing (Tokyo, Japan)
In 1961, early in his career, the Pop artist wrote a manifesto: “I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all. I am for an artist who vanishes.” Thankfully he has not vanished. His works have recently been featured at the Whitney in New York City. At age 80, Oldenburg still plays a major role in the art world.
Filed under: Art, Artists, Exhibits, Installations, Quotes on September 9th, 2009