Sunday, August 14, 2011

Claes Oldenburg, documentary on the sculptor, by ArtHouse

video topic: art, sculpture
entry type: documentation

video title: Claes Oldenburg

artist featured: Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and mixed
director: Gerald Fox
producer: Arthaus Musik
run time: 53 min
size: 739 mb
release date: 1996


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Giant hamburgers and soft toilets – his images of consumerism, executed in disorienting materials and dimensions, and environments made Claes Oldenburg a key figure in Pop Art. Today, his landscape art and large sculptures are modern monuments which have made this American artist famous far beyond the art world. Gerald Fox accompanied Oldenburg during the construction, in 1995, of one of these large-scale projects and the preparation of his Anthology retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Artists like Roy Lichtenstein give a glimpse into the world of a multi-faceted artist who transforms everyday objects into both sensual and ironical artworks.

Profile of the American sculptor Claes Oldenburg. Although born in Sweden, he was brought up in the USA and moved to New York in the late 1950s. Contemporaries Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist reminisce about their experiences with the artist. Art dealer Arne Glimcher, museum director Tom Krens, and critic Hilton Kramer, among others, discuss with the writer Coosje van Bruggen, to whom the artist is married, the development of Oldenburg's career from the early cardboard and plaster pieces to the large-scale public works executed over the past twenty years. Oldenburg is filmed drawing in the couple's Manhattan studio, while van Bruggen and Oldenburg together retrace the conceptualisation of a recent urban project, the `Torn Notebook'. The latter part of the programme is devoted to the complex installation of the nine-metre long `Giant Soft Shuttlecock' in the Guggenheim Museum in New York in October 1995, for the exhibition entitled `Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology'.

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