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Claes Oldenburg

1929 - 2022

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Claes Oldenburg (January 28, 1929 – July 18, 2022) was 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claes Oldenburg has received more than 1,029,367 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Claes Oldenburg is the 35th most popular sculptor (down from 33rd in 2019), the 137th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 115th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Sculptor.

Clae Oldenburg is most famous for his sculptures that are typically large and made out of everyday objects.

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Among sculptors, Claes Oldenburg ranks 35 out of 189Before him are Ossip Zadkine, Jean Tinguely, Alessandro Algardi, Louise Bourgeois, Rosa Bonheur, and Naum Gabo. After him are Józef Gosławski, Claus Sluter, Gustav Vigeland, Jacopo della Quercia, César Manrique, and Leochares.

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Among people born in 1929, Claes Oldenburg ranks 73Before him are Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, Violeta Chamorro, Paul Lauterbur, Bruno Cremer, George Stinney, and Lennart Johansson. After him are Jean-Joseph Sanfourche, Alfred Moisiu, Nikolai Ryzhkov, Ágnes Heller, Vera Miles, and Chadli Bendjedid. Among people deceased in 2022, Claes Oldenburg ranks 57Before him are Stanislav Shushkevich, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, Ayaz Mutallibov, Jerry Lee Lewis, Arata Isozaki, and Mehran Karimi Nasseri. After him are Ivana Trump, Francisco Álvarez Martínez, Mylène Demongeot, Ivica Osim, Wim Jansen, and Ivan Reitman.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Claes Oldenburg ranks 137 out of 1,612Before him are Lennart Johansson (1929), Charles VII of Sweden (1130), Sigfrid Edström (1870), Halsten Stenkilsson (1050), Ulf von Euler (1905), and Johannes Rydberg (1854). After him are Magnus III of Sweden (1240), Catherine of Vadstena (1331), Emund the Old (1030), Nathan Söderblom (1866), Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden (1001), and Zarah Leander (1907).

Among SCULPTORS In Sweden

Among sculptors born in Sweden, Claes Oldenburg ranks 2Before him are Lars Vilks (1946). After him are Carl Milles (1875) and Johan Tobias Sergel (1740).