Born in Sweden in 1929, Claes Oldenburg attended Yale University and the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City. He received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C.
As a Pop artist, Claes Oldenburg celebrates the everyday object with a keen sense of humor. He takes a banal object and transforms it into a sculptural form by representing it using radically different materials and scale. He is also an extraordinary draftsman and frequently transforms his ideas for monumental outdoor sculptures and landscape reorientations into drawings and prints that are imaginative variants of his ideas about their installation.