Claes Oldenburg and Pop Art Sculpture



Pop Art Sculpture and Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg started his career on a smaller scale. The pop art artist works with everyday objects and figures. The starting point in the pop art sculpture career was by 1961. He rented a store in New York where he sold wire and plaster sculptures of mundane objects. The location was  settled in Oldenburg and was called “The Store”. The artist charged a fee for each piece, which he scored with a commentary that the art had a role as a commodity. After doing his soft sculptures with the opening of “The Store” he began to construct everyday objects. For example, the slice of Cake, the ice cream come, spoon with a cherry.


Spoonbridge & Cherry - Claes OldenburgSpoonbridge & Cherry – Claes Oldenburg


Flying Pins - Spoonbridge & Cherry - Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen
Flying Pins – Spoonbridge & Cherry – Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen

Dropped cone - Claes Oldenburg
Dropped cone – Claes Oldenburg 

Shuttlecocks - Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen
Shuttlecocks – Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen 


Perhaps Oldenburg would be more focus on the commonplace objects in his career, pivoting from soft sculptures to the grand public art (as the enormous 45-foot high Clothespin (1974) in Philadelphia downtown. Nevertheless, of the scale, Oldenburg work had never lost the strong and good attitude to the mundane things to be as creative and cheerful to implement the sculptures in an unconventional way to open and wider the viewer’s mind and expectations.






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