Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg

Biography

Author Profession: Swedish Sculptor
Born: January 28, 1929
Age: 87 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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My single-minded aim is to give existence to fantasy.

I am for the art of underwear and the art of taxicabs. I am for the art of ice cream cones dropped on concrete.

A life cycle can be imposed on an object. An object can be very energetic and active, and then it has a dying phase and a phase of decomposition.

My struggle has been to return painting to the tangible object, which is like returning the personality to touching and feeling the world around it, to offset the tendency to vagueness and abstraction. To remind people of practical activity, to suggest the sense and not to escape from the senses.

Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.

'Clothespin' was the first city monument on a large scale that could compete with the architecture around it.

I think of a monument as being symbolic and for the people and therefore rhetorical, not honest, not personal.

I like to treat paint as material - to daub it, drop it, let it slide. There was Action Painting, but I also compare it to paint effects found on the streets. This approach is superimposed on a sculptural surface that is also 'painterly.'

If you really want to be an artist, you search yourself, and you find a lot of it comes from earlier times. I have pretty much built the work around my experiences. When I've moved from one place to another, the work has changed.

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. Sophia Loren

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

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