Claes Oldenburg

American sculptor and printmaker

Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is an American sculptor who was born in Sweden. He is best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, who died in 2009; they had been married for 32 years. Oldenburg lives and works in New York.

Claes Oldenburg
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Claes Oldenburg 2012
Born (1929-01-28) January 28, 1929 (age 93)
EducationLatin School of Chicago,
Art Institute of Chicago,
Yale University
Known forSculpture, Public Art
MovementPop Art, Avant-garde[1]
AwardsRolf Schock Prizes in Visual Arts (1995)


  1. James O. Young (2001). "Art and Knowledge." New York: Routledge, p. 135.