Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

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This comprehensive monograph explores the conceptual complexity and diversity of Claes Oldenburg's early work to reveal this influential artist's extraordinary inventiveness. Accompanying an exhibition of Oldenburg's seminal early work, this publication examines the breadth of his artistic career from the late 1950s to 1970. It features works including the landmark installations The Street and The Store and their accompanying performances; the highly influential spectacular sculptures of everyday objects as well...
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Overview


This comprehensive monograph explores the conceptual complexity and diversity of Claes Oldenburg's early work to reveal this influential artist's extraordinary inventiveness. Accompanying an exhibition of Oldenburg's seminal early work, this publication examines the breadth of his artistic career from the late 1950s to 1970. It features works including the landmark installations The Street and The Store and their accompanying performances; the highly influential spectacular sculptures of everyday objects as well as drawings and preparatory collages for public projects from the 1960s.
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Swedish-born American artist Oldenburg (b. 1929) was launched into prominence in the late 1950s when he and his cohorts questioned and defied the then-reigning ethos of Abstract Expressionism. During the next decade his use of commercial culture as source material became a driving force behind the new phenomenon known as Pop Art. Edited by Hochdörfer (curator, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Cy Twombly: Photographs IV), this book accompanies an exhibition of Oldenburg's work created during the 1960s, when his eclectic activities made him a truly sui generis culture maker. Extending beyond his well-known sculptures of everyday objects, this book contains extended scholarly essays about Oldenburg's performances, drawings, wild conglomerations of kitsch, and influential early installation pieces. There are many candid photos of Oldenburg at work, both in the studio and on the street, with numerous interesting views of works in progress. VERDICT This scholarly, image-rich book will appeal to students of 20th-century modernism and the history of the 1960s.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791352053
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,204,828
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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