Claes Oldenburg


Claes Oldenburg


Also known as Oldenburg, Claes Thure

Nationality: American

When we look at everyday objects, we do not normally envision these items on a grand scale. Claes Oldenburg takes these objects and creates larger than life sculpture replicas. His choice of objects and materials has changed over the years. His award winning, publicly displayed artwork is reflective of the people and the environment around him from soft sculpture to fiberglass. Claes was born in Sweden in 1929 and immigrated to the United States in 1936 to Chicago. He studied at the Latin School of Chicago, Yale, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He opened his art studio and worked for the City News Bureau of Chicago before becoming a naturalized citizen in 1956 when he moved to New York where he worked in the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. Claes has been given awards for his works including the National Medal of Arts, Wolf Prize in Arts, Brandeis University Sculpture Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, American Institute of Architects Medal, and many more. His works are on display in such places as New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Germany, and London. These famous pieces include an upside down ice cream cone, a shuttlecock, and an apple core. The materials and styles of Claes have changed from his beginnings with his first wife who performed live and toured with Claes, his girlfriend who traveled with him and often photographed him, his second wife whom inspired a domestically sized collection of artwork, and other artists that he has collaborated with.


Claes Oldenburg Original Art Values Sold at Auction

CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929) Screwarch Bridge (State III), 1981 Etching, aquatint and monoprint in colors 23-1
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929)Screwarch Bridge (State III), 1981Etching, aquatint and monoprint in colors23-1...
Lot 72154
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929) Geometric Mouse, Scale C, 1971 Anodized aluminum 19 x 20 x 13 inches (48.3 x 50.8
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929)Geometric Mouse, Scale C, 1971Anodized aluminum19 x 20 x 13 inches (48.3 x 50.8...
Lot 72152
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929) "Typewriter Eraser" - Position Studies, 1970 Acrylic, pencil, tape, and wa...
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929)"Typewriter Eraser" - Position Studies, 1970Acrylic, pencil, tape, and wax collag...
Lot 64084
Auction 5146
Saturday, November 2, 2013
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929) Screwarch Bridge (State II), 1980 Etching and aquatint on Arches wove paper 23-1/
CLAES OLDENBURG (American, b. 1929)Screwarch Bridge (State II), 1980Etching and aquatint on Arches wove paper23-1/...
Lot 65043
Auction 5167
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929) Study for a Sculpture in the Form of a Porte-Monnaie, 1996 Crayon, watercolor, and...
Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929)Study for a Sculpture in the Form of a Porte-Monnaie, 1996Crayon, watercolor, and...
Lot 70074
Auction 5224
Saturday, November 14, 2015

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