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Claes Oldenburg (1929 - )
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm. He studied at Yale and the Art Institute of Chicago. He established himself in the early 1960s with a series of installations and performances on New York's Lower East Side. He installed Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks on the Yale campus in 1969, which became a controversial focus for student protest, and Clothespin in downtown Philadelphia in 1976. His recent work, with Coosje van Bruggen, is the 144-foot-long, 64-foot-high Cupid's Span for Rincon Park on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Lipstick (Ascending)
Pool Balls
Knife Ship


Knife Ship II, 1986
Steel, aluminum, wood; painted with polyurethane enamel
Closed, without oars: 7 ft. 8 in. x 10 ft. 6 in. x 40 ft. 5 in. (2.3 x 3.2 x 12.3 m)
Extended, with oars: 26 ft. 4 in. x 31 ft. 6 in. x 82 ft. 11 in. (8 x 9.6 x 25.3 m)
height with large blade raised: 31 ft. 8 in. (9.7 m)
width with blades extended: 82 ft. 10 in. (25.2 m)
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles

Fabricated by H. Aoki Studio Inc., New York; Engineer: J. Robert Jennings; Project Manager: David Kennedy
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Gift of G.F.T. (U.S.A.) Corp., a company of Gruppo G.F.T., with arrangements by the Fondo Rivetti per l'Arte, Torino, Italy
Temporarily installed in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1986 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 1988 and 1995
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