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Born 28 January 1929

Swedish sculptor who has been great for tourism in cities around the world. His huuuuge whimsical sculptures draw happy cash spending crowds to public parks and town squares. 

For years he created these oversized everyday objects with his wife Coosje van Bruggen. Most pieces are signed by both artists. But why mess with sexist art traditions? We only recognize his contribution.  

Oldenburg was lucky and not so lucky in love.  He was married to two great artists (Hannah Wilke briefly, and then Ms. van Bruggen for three decades). Both died from cancer, which you might think would suck the joy right out of his work.

But whether it’s an enormous clothespin in Philadelphia or a big ol’ shuttlecock in Kansas City, they are sure to make you smile.

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Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is a Swedish-born American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, who died in 2009; they had been married for 32 years. Oldenburg lives and works in New York.

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