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Photograph courtesy Pace Gallery © 1993 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, courtesy Pace Gallery

The towering public sculptures of husband-and-wife collaborators Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen are instantly recognizable for their whimsical Pop Art quality. Built primarily out of Cor-ten steel, the structures are monumental, brightly painted replicas of ordinary objects that appear comical because of their size and the incongruity of their surroundings. Among the duo’s most recognizable sculptures are the public artwork Clothespin (1976), installed in Centre Square Plaza, Philadelphia, and Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988), installed at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Though characteristically cartoonish, the latter is also a functioning fountain, which dramatically changes the character of the sculpture as the seasons change.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
HUGE ART-BOOK STIMULUS SALEDavid Lawrence Gallery
Claes & Coosje: A DuetPace Gallery
2015
Arts & Foods: Rituals since 1851Triennale Design Museum
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Inverted Collar and Tie, 1993

Canvas, resin, steel, latex paint, and wood painted with polyurethane enamel
92 1/8 × 51 1/2 × 29 1/4 in
234 × 130.8 × 74.3 cm
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Photograph courtesy Pace Gallery © 1993 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, courtesy Pace Gallery

The towering public sculptures of husband-and-wife collaborators Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen are instantly recognizable for their whimsical Pop Art quality. Built primarily out of Cor-ten steel, the structures are monumental, brightly painted replicas of ordinary objects that appear comical because of their size and the incongruity of their surroundings. Among the duo’s most recognizable sculptures are the public artwork Clothespin (1976), installed in Centre Square Plaza, Philadelphia, and Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988), installed at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Though characteristically cartoonish, the latter is also a functioning fountain, which dramatically changes the character of the sculpture as the seasons change.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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