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Balzac Pétanque

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Balzac Pétanque

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Claes Oldenburg
American, born Sweden, 1929
Coosje van Bruggen
American, born the Netherlands, 1942–2009

Date

2002

Medium

Fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, and stainless steel, painted with polyester gelcoat

Accession #

2002.259.1-39

Dimensions

102 x 300 x 444 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Claes Oldenburg first came to international prominence in the early 1960s as one of the leaders of the Pop art movement. His transformations of common objects into droopy fabric sculptures or gargantuan monuments have captivated viewers for more than forty years. By creating a small disturbance in the form of toppled fruit, Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen invite viewers to discover the links between objects, emotions, and memory. In so doing, they make concrete the magic of moments that look both forward and back-in this case to still lifes of nineteenth-century France.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. J. Mack Robinson

Image Copyright

© Oldenburg van Bruggen


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