Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen

Drawings
Opens October 7, 2018
Image of Soft Shuttlecocks

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Soft Shuttlecocks, Falling, Number Two, 1995. Graphite pencil, pastel, and charcoal on paper; 27-1/4 x 39-1/4 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: purchase, with funds from The Lauder Foundation, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder Fund, 99.51. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.

Form of a Pan and Broom

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Proposal for a Sculpture in the Form of a Pan and Broom, 1997. Pencil and pastel on paper; 30 x 40 in. Collection Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Form of a Broom and Pan with Sweepings

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Study for a Sculpture in the Form of a Broom and Pan with Sweepings, 1998. Pencil and colored pencil on paper; 30 x 40 in. Collection Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Big Sweep

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Big Sweep, 2006. Stainless steel, aluminum, fiber-reinforced plastic; painted with polyurethane enamel. Denver Art Museum: Purchased in honor of Tom and Noël Congdon with funds from 1998 Collectors’ Choice, with support from the estate of Richard H. Bosworth, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, Charles and Diane Gallagher, Jerry Gart Family Foundation, Frederic C. and Jane Hamilton, Hines, Jan and Frederick R. Mayer, Paul and Lilly Merage, Larry and Carol Mizel, Ken and Judy Robins, Titanium Metals Corporation, Carl and Lisa Williams, Ginny Williams, and an anonymous donor. Additional funding was provided by Mark and Polly Addison, Joan Anderman, Bruce and Marcy Benson, Nancy Lake Benson, Jim and Janice Campbell, Howard and Beulah Cherne, Steven and Robin Chotin, Tom and Noël Congdon, Peter and Philae Dominick, Suzanne Farver, Leonard and Kay Gemmill, Dorothy Strear Goodstein, Robert and Diane Greenlee, Heidi Hamilton, Mark and Diana Hayden, Harley and Lorraine Higbie, A. Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld, Grafton and Sue Jhung, Glenn Jones and Diane Eddolls, Mariner and Megan Kemper, Bill and Alma Kurtz, Ed and Margaret Anne Leede, Susan and John W. Madden III, Caroline Morgan, Trygve and Vicki Myhren, NBT Foundation, Denny and Judy O’Brien, Andrea Singer Pollack, and an anonymous donor. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

A Skyscraper in the Form of a Chicago Fireplug

Claes Oldenburg, Proposal for a Skyscraper in the Form of a Chicago Fireplug, 1968. Crayon and watercolor on paper; 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President 2002.50. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg. Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.

Clothespin

Claes Oldenburg, Clothespin - 4 Foot Version A.P lV, 1974. Bronze and stainless steel on acrylic base; 48 x 16 1/4 x 7 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Alliance For Contemporary Art, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Madden, Kenneth M. Good, 1981.11. © 2018 Claes Oldenburg

October 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Hamilton Building - Level 2
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Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings is a survey of 40 collaborative works by contemporary artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. This exhibition presents drawings and one sculpture spanning the artists’ careers from 1961 through 2001. It offers an intriguing and insightful look at works on paper by two extraordinarily innovative modern artists well known for their monumental and imaginative sculptures, which are located in major cities throughout the world.

The exhibition presents a chronological survey of works highlighting the ingenious ways in which Oldenburg and van Bruggen appropriated and re-invented form. Beginning with studies of Oldenburg’s first and well-known monumental soft sculptures of the 1960s, Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings reveals a collaborative evolution of work that culminates with drafts of their large-scale hard sculptures of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The drawings represent the conception of an artistic idea, striking visual representations of manifested creations where line and form playfully intertwine the surreal and the natural elements of a landscape.

Visitors will see artworks on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kimiko Powers Collection, and the Oldenburg and van Bruggen studio as well as one work from the DAM’s permanent collection. Notably, this exhibition includes an exclusive presentation of eight drawings of the monumental Big Sweep sculpture located outside the DAM, giving visitors the unique opportunity to view the creative process and ideas behind one of the most beloved outdoor sculptures in Denver. This show is curated by Julie Augur, adjunct curator of drawing at the DAM.

Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings is presented in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and supported by the Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Foundation.