Oldenburg/van Bruggen

 Oldenburg/van Bruggen
Photo Credit: © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, New York

Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, January 28, 1929. After living in New York City; Rye, New York; and Oslo, Norway, his family settled in Chicago in 1936. Oldenburg attended Yale University 1946-50, and then returned to Chicago where he worked as an apprentice reporter at the City News Bureau and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He became an American citizen in December 1953. In 1956 he moved to New York City, where he has lived since, except for travels to Europe and Japan and a year-and-a-half in Deventer, The Netherlands. Oldenburg was married to Coosje van Bruggen, with whom he worked on large-scale public projects and performances since 1976. She is the author of many books on art history including monographs on Oldenburg, Gehry, Bruce Nauman, and John Baldessari and is the director of the film Schoolbus Yellow, Adirondack Green about the installation of the couple's 45-foot high Flashlight in Las Vegas.

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, 2008. aluminum and mahogany wood, 8-1/2" x 40" x 9-1/2" (21.6 cm x 101.6 cm x 24.1 cm), closed without oars27-3/4" x 82-3/4" x 37" (70.5 cm x 210.2 cm x 94 cm), fully extended with oars (blades at 180 degrees; corkscrew at 90 degrees)32-3/4" x 40" x 37" (83.2 cm x 101.6 cm x 94 cm), p.
Knife Ship 1:12, 2008. aluminum and mahogany wood, 8-1/2" x 40" x 9-1/2" (21.6 cm x 101.6 cm x 24.1 cm), closed without oars27-3/4" x 82-3/4" x 37" (70.5 cm x 210.2 cm x 94 cm), fully extended with oars (blades at 180 degrees; corkscrew at 90 degrees)32-3/4" x 40" x 37" (83.2 cm x 101.6 cm x 94 cm), p.
, 2005. stainless steel and aluminum painted with polyurethane enamel, 11' 4" x 4' 8" x 5' 6" (345.4 cm x 142.2 cm x 167.6 cm).
French Horns, Unwound and Entwined, 2005. stainless steel and aluminum painted with polyurethane enamel, 11' 4" x 4' 8" x 5' 6" (345.4 cm x 142.2 cm x 167.6 cm).
, 2002. fiber-reinforced plastic and polyester gelcoat, 13' 9" x 8' 6" x 1' 7" (419.1 cm x 259.1 cm x 48.3 cm).
Floating Peel, 2002. fiber-reinforced plastic and polyester gelcoat, 13' 9" x 8' 6" x 1' 7" (419.1 cm x 259.1 cm x 48.3 cm).
, 2001. charcoal and pastel on paper, 37" x 48" (94 cm x 121.9 cm).
French Horn, Unwound, Horn Against Ground, 2001. charcoal and pastel on paper, 37" x 48" (94 cm x 121.9 cm).
cast aluminum painted with polyurethane ename, 29" x 57" x 27" (73.7 cm x 144.8 cm x 68.6 cm).
Blueberry Pie à la Mode, Flying, Scale Acast aluminum painted with polyurethane ename, 29" x 57" x 27" (73.7 cm x 144.8 cm x 68.6 cm).
, 1992. muslin, hardware cloth, polyurethane foam, wood, dacron and latex paint, 11-1/4" x 24" x 47" (28.6 cm x 61 cm x 119.4 cm).
Soft Saxophone, Scale A, Muslin, 1992. muslin, hardware cloth, polyurethane foam, wood, dacron and latex paint, 11-1/4" x 24" x 47" (28.6 cm x 61 cm x 119.4 cm).
, 1990. steel and concrete painted with latex, 31" x 28" x 22" (78.7 cm x 71.1 cm x 55.9 cm).
Monument to the Last Horse, 1990. steel and concrete painted with latex, 31" x 28" x 22" (78.7 cm x 71.1 cm x 55.9 cm).

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Knife Ship 1:12 , 2008. aluminum and mahogany wood, 8-1/2" x 40" x 9-1/2" (21.6 cm x 101.6 cm x 24.1 cm), closed without oars27-3/4" x 82-3/4" x 37" (70.5 cm x 210.2 cm x 94 cm), fully extended with oars (blades at 180 degrees; corkscrew at 90 degrees)32-3/4" x 40" x 37" (83.2 cm x 101.6 cm x 94 cm), p.