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Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Installation view, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, December 5, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Selected Works

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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Paradise Pie IV (Blue), 2007 cast aluminum painted with acrylic 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (16.5 x 24.1 x 14 cm) Edition 6 of 6, 1 AP, 1 TP

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Paradise Pie IV (Blue), 2007
cast aluminum painted with acrylic
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (16.5 x 24.1 x 14 cm)
Edition 6 of 6, 1 AP, 1 TP

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Dropped, 1996 crayon and watercolor on paper image: 12 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (31.8 x 30.2 cm) frame: 19 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (48.3 x 47 x 3.5 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Dropped, 1996
crayon and watercolor on paper
image: 12 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (31.8 x 30.2 cm)
frame: 19 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (48.3 x 47 x 3.5 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Gazebo, 1996 pencil and colored pencil on paper 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (108 x 82.6 x 4.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Gazebo, 1996
pencil and colored pencil on paper
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (108 x 82.6 x 4.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg Tomates Farcies, 2015 canvas, plaster, expanded polystyrene, wood, epoxy, resin, latex paint 7 1/2 x 16 x 16 in. (19.1 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Tomates Farcies, 2015
canvas, plaster, expanded polystyrene, wood, epoxy, resin, latex paint
7 1/2 x 16 x 16 in. (19.1 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Notebook Page: Tomato Farci, 2007 crayon and watercolor 7 7/8 x 5 5/16 in. (20 x 13.5 cm) sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm) frame: 17 3/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (45.1 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Notebook Page: Tomato Farci, 2007
crayon and watercolor
7 7/8 x 5 5/16 in. (20 x 13.5 cm)
sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
frame: 17 3/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (45.1 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg Study for Typewriter Eraser: Final Position, 1970 cardboard, foam, wood, rope, painted with latex 21 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (54.6 x 46.4 x 40 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Study for Typewriter Eraser: Final Position, 1970
cardboard, foam, wood, rope, painted with latex
21 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (54.6 x 46.4 x 40 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Study of a Typewriter Eraser, 1970 pencil and chalk on tracking paper 11 7/8 x 9 in. (30.2 x 22.7 cm)  on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (36.7 x 23.6 cm) frame: 20 x 14 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (50.8 x 37.8 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Study of a Typewriter Eraser, 1970
pencil and chalk on tracking paper
11 7/8 x 9 in. (30.2 x 22.7 cm) 
on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (36.7 x 23.6 cm)
frame: 20 x 14 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (50.8 x 37.8 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Proposal for a Sculpture in the Form of a Dropped Cone, for Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, 1998 pencil, pastel, colored pencil on paper 25 3/4 x 18 7/16 in. (65.4 x 46.8 cm) framed: 33 x 25 1/2 in x 1 1/2 (83.8 x 64.8 cm x 3.8)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Proposal for a Sculpture in the Form of a Dropped Cone, for Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, 1998
pencil, pastel, colored pencil on paper
25 3/4 x 18 7/16 in. (65.4 x 46.8 cm)
framed: 33 x 25 1/2 in x 1 1/2 (83.8 x 64.8 cm x 3.8)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Golf Bag Ruin, 1999 pencil and pastel on paper image: 35 x 49 1/4 in. (88.9 x 125.1 cm) frame: 39 1/8 x 53 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (99.4 x 135.9 x 6.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Golf Bag Ruin, 1999
pencil and pastel on paper
image: 35 x 49 1/4 in. (88.9 x 125.1 cm)
frame: 39 1/8 x 53 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (99.4 x 135.9 x 6.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Miniature Soft Drum Set, 1970 screenprint on canvas, clothesline, wood; painted with spray enamel, wood covered with screenprinted paper 9 3/4 x 19 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 48.3 x 34.9 cm), variable dimensions; wooden box: 11 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Edition 69 of 200

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Miniature Soft Drum Set, 1970
screenprint on canvas, clothesline, wood; painted with spray enamel, wood covered with screenprinted paper
9 3/4 x 19 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 48.3 x 34.9 cm), variable dimensions; wooden box: 11 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.
Edition 69 of 200

Claes Oldenburg Soft Drum Set, 1972 pencil, crayon, spray enamel on Mylar 31 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (80.6 x 102.9 cm) frame: 35 1/4 x 44 x 2 1/4 in. (89.5 x 111.8 x 5.7 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Soft Drum Set, 1972
pencil, crayon, spray enamel on Mylar
31 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (80.6 x 102.9 cm)
frame: 35 1/4 x 44 x 2 1/4 in. (89.5 x 111.8 x 5.7 cm)

 

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen The Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels – In Advance of the Fountain for Metro- Dade Government Center (drawing for offset edition), 1988 charcoal, pencil, pastel 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (108 x 82.6 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
The Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels – In Advance of the Fountain for Metro- Dade Government Center (drawing for offset edition), 1988
charcoal, pencil, pastel
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (108 x 82.6 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Study for Plantoir, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1999 pencil, colored pencil, watercolor 12 x 9 3/4 in. (30.5 x 24.8 cm) frame: 17 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (43.8 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Study for Plantoir, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1999
pencil, colored pencil, watercolor
12 x 9 3/4 in. (30.5 x 24.8 cm)
frame: 17 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (43.8 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Paradise Pie IV (Blue), 2007 cast aluminum painted with acrylic 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (16.5 x 24.1 x 14 cm) Edition 6 of 6, 1 AP, 1 TP

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Paradise Pie IV (Blue), 2007
cast aluminum painted with acrylic
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (16.5 x 24.1 x 14 cm)
Edition 6 of 6, 1 AP, 1 TP

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Dropped, 1996 crayon and watercolor on paper image: 12 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (31.8 x 30.2 cm) frame: 19 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (48.3 x 47 x 3.5 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Dropped, 1996
crayon and watercolor on paper
image: 12 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (31.8 x 30.2 cm)
frame: 19 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (48.3 x 47 x 3.5 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Gazebo, 1996 pencil and colored pencil on paper 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (108 x 82.6 x 4.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Gazebo, 1996
pencil and colored pencil on paper
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (108 x 82.6 x 4.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg Tomates Farcies, 2015 canvas, plaster, expanded polystyrene, wood, epoxy, resin, latex paint 7 1/2 x 16 x 16 in. (19.1 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Tomates Farcies, 2015
canvas, plaster, expanded polystyrene, wood, epoxy, resin, latex paint
7 1/2 x 16 x 16 in. (19.1 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Notebook Page: Tomato Farci, 2007 crayon and watercolor 7 7/8 x 5 5/16 in. (20 x 13.5 cm) sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm) frame: 17 3/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (45.1 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Notebook Page: Tomato Farci, 2007
crayon and watercolor
7 7/8 x 5 5/16 in. (20 x 13.5 cm)
sheet: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
frame: 17 3/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (45.1 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg Study for Typewriter Eraser: Final Position, 1970 cardboard, foam, wood, rope, painted with latex 21 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (54.6 x 46.4 x 40 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Study for Typewriter Eraser: Final Position, 1970
cardboard, foam, wood, rope, painted with latex
21 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (54.6 x 46.4 x 40 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Study of a Typewriter Eraser, 1970 pencil and chalk on tracking paper 11 7/8 x 9 in. (30.2 x 22.7 cm)  on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (36.7 x 23.6 cm) frame: 20 x 14 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (50.8 x 37.8 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Study of a Typewriter Eraser, 1970
pencil and chalk on tracking paper
11 7/8 x 9 in. (30.2 x 22.7 cm) 
on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (36.7 x 23.6 cm)
frame: 20 x 14 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (50.8 x 37.8 x 3.2 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Proposal for a Sculpture in the Form of a Dropped Cone, for Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, 1998 pencil, pastel, colored pencil on paper 25 3/4 x 18 7/16 in. (65.4 x 46.8 cm) framed: 33 x 25 1/2 in x 1 1/2 (83.8 x 64.8 cm x 3.8)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Proposal for a Sculpture in the Form of a Dropped Cone, for Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne, 1998
pencil, pastel, colored pencil on paper
25 3/4 x 18 7/16 in. (65.4 x 46.8 cm)
framed: 33 x 25 1/2 in x 1 1/2 (83.8 x 64.8 cm x 3.8)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Golf Bag Ruin, 1999 pencil and pastel on paper image: 35 x 49 1/4 in. (88.9 x 125.1 cm) frame: 39 1/8 x 53 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (99.4 x 135.9 x 6.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Golf Bag Ruin, 1999
pencil and pastel on paper
image: 35 x 49 1/4 in. (88.9 x 125.1 cm)
frame: 39 1/8 x 53 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (99.4 x 135.9 x 6.4 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Miniature Soft Drum Set, 1970 screenprint on canvas, clothesline, wood; painted with spray enamel, wood covered with screenprinted paper 9 3/4 x 19 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 48.3 x 34.9 cm), variable dimensions; wooden box: 11 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Edition 69 of 200

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Miniature Soft Drum Set, 1970
screenprint on canvas, clothesline, wood; painted with spray enamel, wood covered with screenprinted paper
9 3/4 x 19 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 48.3 x 34.9 cm), variable dimensions; wooden box: 11 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.
Edition 69 of 200

Claes Oldenburg Soft Drum Set, 1972 pencil, crayon, spray enamel on Mylar 31 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (80.6 x 102.9 cm) frame: 35 1/4 x 44 x 2 1/4 in. (89.5 x 111.8 x 5.7 cm)

Claes Oldenburg
Soft Drum Set, 1972
pencil, crayon, spray enamel on Mylar
31 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (80.6 x 102.9 cm)
frame: 35 1/4 x 44 x 2 1/4 in. (89.5 x 111.8 x 5.7 cm)

 

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen The Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels – In Advance of the Fountain for Metro- Dade Government Center (drawing for offset edition), 1988 charcoal, pencil, pastel 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (108 x 82.6 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
The Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels – In Advance of the Fountain for Metro- Dade Government Center (drawing for offset edition), 1988
charcoal, pencil, pastel
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
frame: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (108 x 82.6 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Study for Plantoir, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1999 pencil, colored pencil, watercolor 12 x 9 3/4 in. (30.5 x 24.8 cm) frame: 17 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (43.8 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm)

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Study for Plantoir, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1999
pencil, colored pencil, watercolor
12 x 9 3/4 in. (30.5 x 24.8 cm)
frame: 17 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (43.8 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm)

Press Release

PALM BEACH, FL—An exhibition of work by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen titled “There is no such thing as a perfect lamb chop” marks the inauguration of Paula Cooper Gallery’s new seasonal pop-up at 243A Worth Avenue opening on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The couple first began their working partnership in 1976 and, over the course of the next three decades, produced an extensive body of drawings, sculptures, and public commissions. The presentation at Paula Cooper Gallery includes examples from these important collaborative years, as well as works by Oldenburg made before their meeting and after van Bruggen’s passing in 2009.

To coincide with the final week of the exhibition, PCG Studio will screen the 1992 documentary by Lana Jokel and Nicholas Doob Large Scale Projects: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, examining many of the artists’ seminal public works from conception to installation. Click here to view the film.

In celebration of the vibrant life of Palm Beach and the surrounding area, “There is no such thing as a perfect lamb chop” [1] presents a selection of drawings and sculptures by Oldenburg and van Bruggen, with a focus on their representations of food, sport, music, and other articles of pleasure. These striking images reinvent quotidian objects, using line and form to playfully merge natural elements with the irreverent and the fantastical. In the duo’s 2007 pastel drawing, an anthropomorphized shuttlecock performs a feat of superhuman acrobatics across the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum. Elsewhere, Oldenburg’s canvas-and-resin tomates farcies entice and charm viewers with their luscious hue and supple surfaces. In the catalogue for his 1969 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, art historian Barbara Rose wrote: “It is his execution, his ability to make form live and to imbue it with a palpable vitality and sense of movement, that distinguishes Oldenburg’s genius […] In his art, the distortion of form, its infinite metamorphoses, becomes a metaphor for the search for truth, an endless pursuit through the labyrinth of illusion. His prime values as an artist are elusiveness, mystery, ambiguity, and multivalence.”

Many of the works on view relate to realized monumental public sculptures by the artists, including the exhibition’s earliest pieces: studies of the mass-produced typewriter eraser. Oldenburg considered the eraser to be a “fine anti-heroic object” and in 1970 he began to make sketches of its form, set in imagined landscapes or personified as ‘Medusa’ or as a ‘Big Guy.’ A large-scale version measuring over eighteen feet high is installed at the entrance of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Imbued with human-like qualities, the object tilts forward as if it were exuberantly speeding away—its bristles blown back like strands of hair. In another work, a drawing from 1988, the couple depicts a broken plate out of which orange slices and expressively cut peels appear to tumble and bounce off the ground, as if caught in stop-motion. This anti-hierarchical form was their proposal for a public commission in Metro-Dade Open Space Park in Miami—a response to the eclectic architecture of the site where the finished sculpture still stands today.

Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1929. He attended Yale University (1946–1950) as well as The Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City in 1956. The artist had his first one-person exhibition at the Judson Gallery, New York, in 1959 followed by shows at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1966) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1969). “Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology” opened at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 1995 and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; and the Hayward Gallery, London. In 2002 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York held a major exhibit of Oldenburg’s drawings; the same year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York featured a selection of Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s sculptures on the roof of the museum. “Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties” opened at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in 2012 and traveled to the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Oldenburg has been honored with numerous awards including the Wolf Prize in Arts (1989) and the National Medal of Arts (2000). He lives and works in New York City.

Coosje van Bruggen was born in Groningen, the Netherlands in 1942. She received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Groningen. From 1967 to 1971 she worked in the curatorial department of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and was co-editor of the Sonsbeek 71 catalogue. Van Bruggen was a member of the selection committee for Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany (1982), a contributor to Artforum (1983–88) and Senior Critic in the Department of Sculpture at Yale University School of Art (1996–97). She has also authored books on Claes Oldenburg’s early work as well as on John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, Bruce Nauman and the architect Frank O. Gehry. Van Bruggen’s first collaboration with Claes Oldenburg was in 1976 on Trowel I located in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. In 1978 van Bruggen moved to New York, where she continued to work with Oldenburg, creating large-scale, site-specific works in urban settings. Their collaboration has extended to include smaller-scale park and garden sculptures as well as indoor installations. Van Bruggen passed away in Los Angeles in 2009.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or
info@paulacoopergallery.com

1. A statement by Claes Oldenburg from his interview with Barbara Rose in Interview Magazine (December 8, 2015).