Giant hamburgers and soft toilets – his images of consumerism, executed in disorientating materials and dimensions, and environments made Claes Oldenburg a key figure in the Pop Art movement. 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.
Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a powerful and arresting series of documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.
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2become1: Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen January 28 2009