Claes Oldenburg, American (b.Sweden,1929). Lunder collection, 004.2008, Typewriter Eraser, 1977.
Stainless stell, ferro-cement, and aluminum
Lesson: Claes Oldenburg
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written by Kim Brennan
What is Pop Art you may ask?
Pop art was an art movement that involved using items from popular mass culture as inspiration for making art. Such things as advertising, comic books, and ordinary cultural objects (like spoons!) were used to create sculptures, paintings, prints, ect.
Can you tell what the subject of the sculpture is?
You may need to ask your parents or grandparents. It is something they probably used. It is a typewriter eraser! The metal fringe on top represents a brush you could use to sweep away eraser crumbs.
Look at a picture of the typewriter eraser. Why do you think the artist made his sculpture so big?
How is it different from the sculpture you are used to seeing?
Claes Oldenburg is well known for his large scale sculptures and for being a leader in the Pop art movement. Oldenburg radically changed the size of ordinary objects and used unexpected materials in making them. Have you ever seen a spoon with a cherry the size of a three-story building? He made a sculpture like this to be used in the outside garden fountain in Minneapolis!