Oral history interview with Claes Oldenburg
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-
Hooton, Bruce Duff, 1928-
1965 Feb. 19
Physical Description:
16 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Claes Oldenburg conducted 1965 Feb. 19, by Bruce Hooton, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Oldenburg speaks of recording his dreams; studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale; his interest in writing and poetry; participating in and creating his own "Happenings;" working at the Cooper Union Museum Library; influences of Abstract Expressionism on his work; meaning behind his work and the procedure for creating it; his role as an artist "outside" many artist groups. Oldenburg also recalls Robert Indiana, Rudolph Weisenborn, Hedy Backlin, Gerd Muehsam, Jim Dine, Florine Stettheimer, Marc Ratliff, Tom Wesselmann, Allan Kaprow, Marcel Duchamp, Willem DeKooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Leon Golub, Red Grooms, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Claes Oldenburg (1929- ) is a sculptor active in New York, N.Y.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 57 min.

Digital Content

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