I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.

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If I didn’t think what I was doing had something to do with enlarging the boundaries of art, I wouldn’t go on doing it.

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I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something more than sit on its ass in a museum.

oldenburg-port-4001 Painting, especially much better than words, allows oneself to express the various stages of thought, including the deeper levels, the underground stages of the mental process.
Claes Oldenburg

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“The Knife Ship” from the 1985 performing "Il Corso del Coltello" (The Course of the Knife), featuring a large scale sculpture of a ship in the form of a Swiss Army Knife, was created by sculptor Claes Oldenburg, writer/curator Coosje van Bruggen and architect Prank O. Gehry, Dec. 17, 1986. The ship, which will be exhibited at New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through mid-February, measures approximately 40 feet in length, 8 feet in height and 11 feet in depth. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
“The Knife Ship” from the 1985 performing “Il Corso del Coltello” (The Course of the Knife), featuring a large scale sculpture of a ship in the form of a Swiss Army Knife, was created by sculptor Claes Oldenburg, writer/curator Coosje van Bruggen and architect Prank O. Gehry, Dec. 17, 1986. The ship, which was exhibited at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through mid-February, measures approximately 40 feet in length, 8 feet in height and 11 feet in depth. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all. I am for an artist who vanishes.

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