Claes Oldenburg Stockholm 1929 - 2022 New York City

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Claes Oldenburg - Profile Airflow
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Art contemporain
December 2022
Christies, Paris
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 EUR
Realised: 24.000 EUR
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Claes Oldenburg - Ice Cream Sundae on Tray
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 107.100 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Wedding Souvenir
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A Graphic Century including French Impressions: Prints from Ambroise Vollard and Henri M. Petiet
November 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 1.260 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Geometric Mouse, Scale E
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Claes Oldenburg - Proposed Colossal Monument for Battersea Park, London, Drum Set, 1966
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Claes Oldenburg - Tilting Neon Cocktail
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 8.288 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Soft Toilet #2 (G. 414, A. & P. 93)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 2.000 USD
Realised: 1.260 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Soft Saxophone (Black and White) (A. & P. 240)
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 2.520 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Wedding Souvenir
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 882 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Notes
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 15.000 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Geometric Mouse - Scale C
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 15.120 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Profile Airflow
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Prints and Multiples
October 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 100.800 USD
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The artist Claes Oldenburg

  • Important representative of US Pop Art.
  • His Giant Objects made him internationally famous.
  • Some oversized sculptures are known from various inner cities.

Claes Thure Oldenburg, born on 28 January 1929 in Stockholm, is one of the most important representatives of American Pop Art. He became known primarily for his large-format sculptural depictions of everyday objects. At the beginning of his artistic career, Claes still worked expressionistically, but soon turned away from this direction when he met Jim Dine and Allan Kaprow in 1956. Assemblages made of papier-mâché and waste products were followed by drawings and his first sculptures. From 1963 onwards, with the production of his first soft sculptures and vinyl sculptures, he came ever closer to his later well-known colossal objects (Giant Objects).

In keeping with Pop Art, Oldenburg used trivial motifs such as fast food or household and handicraft objects as models for his sculptures, which he staged spatially »as if they had fallen from the sky«. Some of these striking objects now adorn central locations in various major German cities: an upturned ice cream cone on the façade of the Neumarkt Galerie in Cologne (2001), an oversized pickaxe rammed into the ground on the banks of the river Fulda in Kassel (1982, documenta 7) or the Giant Poolballs (1977) on the edge of the Aasee in Münster.

Oldenburg has lived in the USA since his childhood. He studied at Yale University in New Haven in the 1950s. In 1956 he moved to New York, where he soon integrated himself into the local art scene. In 1959 he founded the Judson Gallery in New York together with Jim Dine, Marc Ratliff and Tom Wesselmann. In 1976 he began working with the artist and his later wife Coosje van Bruggen.

The first solo show of Oldenburg's Giant Objects and Soft Sculptures took place in 1962 at the Green Gallery in New York. A series of important exhibitions followed in renowned galleries and museums such as the Tate Gallery in London or the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was represented four times at the documenta (documenta 4 to 7) and once at the Venice Biennale (1964). Oldenburg's early works were probably shown for the last time in an international context in 2012 as part of the exhibition Claes Oldenburg - The Sixties. Some of the works are no longer transportable due to the age of their delicate materials. Oldenburg passed away in New York City on 18 July 2022.

Der Künstler Claes Oldenburg

  • Bedeutender Vertreter der US-amerikanischen Pop-Art.
  • Seine Giant Objects machten ihn international bekannt.
  • Einige überdimensionierte Skulpturen sind aus verschiedenen Innenstädten bekannt.

Claes Thure Oldenburg, geb. am 28. Januar 1929 in Stockholm, ist einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der amerikanischen Pop-Art. Er wurde vorrangig durch seine großformatigen, skulpturalen Darstellungen alltäglicher Gegenstände bekannt. Claes arbeitete zu Beginn seiner künstlerischen Laufbahn noch expressionistisch, wandte sich jedoch bald von dieser Richtung ab, als er 1956 Jim Dine und Allan Kaprow kennenlernte. Auf Assemblagen aus Pappmaché und Abfallprodukten folgten Zeichnungen sowie seine ersten Plastiken. Ab 1963 kam er mit der Fertigung seiner ersten Soft-Sculptures und Vinylplastiken seinen später bekannten Kolossalobjekten (Giant Objects) immer näher.

Als Vorlage für die Skulpturen dienten Oldenburg der Pop-Art entsprechend triviale Motive wie Fastfood oder Haushalts- und Handwerksgegenstände, die er »wie vom Himmel gefallen« räumlich inszeniert. Einige dieser markanten Objekte zieren heute zentrale Orte in verschiedenen deutschen Großstädten: Eine umgestülpte Eistüte an der Fassade der Kölner Neumarkt Galerie (2001), eine überdimensionierte, in den Boden gerammte Spitzhacke am Fuldaufer in Kassel (1982, documenta 7) oder die Giant Poolballs (1977) am Rande des Aasees in Münster.

Oldenburg lebte seit seiner Kindheit in den USA. Er studierte in den 1950er-Jahren an der Yale University in New Haven. 1956 zog er nach New York, wo er sich alsbald in die dortige Kunstszene integrierte. 1959 gründete er gemeinsam mit Jim Dine, Marc Ratliff und Tom Wesselmann die Judson Gallery in New York. 1976 begann er mit der Künstlerin und seiner späteren Ehefrau Coosje van Bruggen zusammenzuarbeiten.  Die erste Einzelschau von Oldenburgs Giant Objects und Soft Sculptures fand 1962 in der New Yorker Green Gallery statt.

Es folgten eine Reihe bedeutender Ausstellungen in renommierten Galerien und Museen wie etwa der Tate Gallery in London oder dem Museum of Modern Art in New York. Er war vierfach auf der documenta vertreten (documenta 4 bis 7) und einmal auf der Biennale von Venedig (1964). Oldenburgs frühe Werke waren 2012 voraussichtlich letztmalig im internationalen Kontext im Rahmen der Ausstellung Claes Oldenburg – The Sixties zu sehen. Einige der Arbeiten sind im Hinblick auf das Alter ihrer empfindlichen Materialien nicht mehr transportfähig. Am 18. Juli 2022 verstarb Oldenburg in New York City.

Claes Oldenburg - Miniature Soft Drum Set
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Prints & Photographs
September 2022
Bonhams, Skinner Marlborough, Massachusetts (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 4.463 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - London Knees (E.A. 677, A. & P. 51)
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Evening & Day Editions
September 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 4.788 GBP
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Claes Oldenburg - Knäckebröd (Crispbread) (P. 7)
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Evening & Day Editions
September 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 3.024 GBP
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Claes Oldenburg - Profiterole
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Prints & Multiples Summer Splash
August 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 12.750 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Picasso Cufflink, from Homage to Picasso
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Prints & Multiples Summer Splash
August 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 1.200 - 1.800 USD
Realised: 2.040 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Double Nose/Purse/Punching Bag/Ashtray; A History of the Double Nose/Purse/Punching Bag/Ashtray (2 works)
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Prints & Multiples Summer Splash
August 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Claes Oldenburg - The Letter Q as a Beach House, with Sailboat
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 1.260 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Wedding Souvenir
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Claes Oldenburg - Tilting Neon Cocktail
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 30.240 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Baked Potato, from 7 Objects in a Box
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 10.080 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Souvenir of Documenta 7: Beschmierter Friderico
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 4.032 USD
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Claes Oldenburg - Double Nose/Punching Bag/Ashtray
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 1.512 USD
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Claes Oldenburg in News and Exhibitions

New York City

Whether a shovel, a pickaxe, a garden hose or a dropped ice cream cone: the monumental sculptures of artist Claes Oldenburg are striking. Yesterday, the Pop Art icon died in New York City at the age of 93.

July 19, 2022

Claes Oldenburg in News and Exhibitions

New York City

Ob Schaufel, Spitzhacke, Gartenschlauch oder eine heruntergefallene Eistüte: Die monumentalen Skulpturen des Künstlers Claes Oldenburg fallen auf. Gestern verstarb die Pop-Art-Ikone im Alter von 93 Jahren in New York City.

July 19, 2022

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