Claes Oldenburg – biography
Claes Thure Oldenburg was born in Stockholm on January 28, 1929. Today is a Swedish-American artist and sculptor, part of the current pop art. A great artist of pop art.
His research focuses on consumerism in contemporary American society, particularly with regard to food oriented. He produces huge sculptures painted plaster depicting ice cream, hot dogs and anything else the overfed American population consumes in the sixties; these reproductions were on sale in a shop owned by the artist, opened in 1961, which he christened The Store.
The food, as an object of consumption, charging, in the work of Oldenburg, a meaning of horrid, because of its primary role is devalued and reduced to a commercial product. The technique used is rough and approximate: objects that he plays are modeled without much attention to the naturalistic rendering and painted quickly, often leaving obvious sagging color.
Most important is the choice of subjects: they are all products, food and non food easily found in any store in the neighborhood; He then focuses on contemporary mass society using a language easily understood by anyone regarding the subjects, everyday objects and everyday, and models, with use of very bright colors and strong color contrasts as well as a substantial drop at some “bad taste”, taken from billboards and, more generally, from the world market and the mass consumer.
On the basis of Dadaism and His-Dada movement more typically American, Oldenburg pursues a work of dismantling the values of art that we can find in the choice of base models and popular, in ironic quotation, with the drippings of color, typical of abstract pictorial language but also in an attempt to escape from the contemporary art market, which tended to give an excessive financial burden to the work of art, by choosing to sell the works in a shop like so many others.
A man who was able to capture the legacy of pop art, making it live again with a strong presence in the world.
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