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Jeff Koons Gift to Paris Rebuffed by Citizens

January 21st, 2018

Jeff Koons, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper reports on Parisians’ response to Jeff Koons massive tulips installation offered to the city of Paris. “Placing this artwork in front of the Palais de Tokyo would taint the museum and take up too much of its landscape. Jeff Koons had enough attention with his installations at the Château de Versailles [in 2008-09] without resorting to benefit from the memory of the Paris attacks,” one citizen says.
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Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn May Go Up for Sale

January 21st, 2018

Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn, via BBCKurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn in Elterwater is up for sale.  “Our fear is that we’ll be forced into selling it to a property developer,” owner Ian Hunter says. “We feel that we’ve been pushed into this situation by the Arts Council.”
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Economist Explores Implications on Restoration and Appraisal Technology

January 19th, 2018

Rijksmuseum, via ArchdailyA piece in The Economist looks at recent technologies in art appraisal and conservation, and questions how these developments may challenge the authority and stability of work in the field. “In the pursuit of knowledge about works of art, the language of science and that of the humanities both have to be spoken,” claims Robert van Langh, the Rijksmuseum’s head of conservation. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Claes Oldenburg

b. 1929
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Education includes:

Yale, New Haven, CT
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Oldenburg is a Sweden-born sculptor famous for his large-scale public installations, often made from everyday items. His family moved to the United States when he was young, and he would eventually attend Yale and then the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Paul Wieghardt. He worked in Chicago for several years and opened a studio there before moving to New York City in 1956.

In the 1960s, he became involved with the Pop Art movement made famous by Andy Warhol, and he attended many performance-oriented gatherings which would later influence his own work. His massive sculptures, for which he became best-known were often displayed publically and frequently featured interactive components. His 1974 work Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks featured a giant tube of lipstick that would deflate unless an viewer pumped air into it, and was displayed at Yale University for years and now resides in the Morse College courtyard. Other famous pieces include Soft bathtub (model) – Ghost Version, a large and loosely hanging sculpture made on a foam-filled canvas out of wood, cord and plaster.

In 1976, he married pop sculptor Coosje van Bruggen with whom he has collaborated with on more than 40 large-scale projects, creating works like the 1999 sculpture Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, an enigmatic piece that roughly resembles a giant radish with blue rope coming out its top. He has also involved himself in a few architectural projects including the construction of an advertising agency in Los Angeles whose entrance is a set of massive binoculars.

Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:
“Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room”
PaceWildenstein, New York
April 22 – June 4, 2005
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