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Author Olszewski, Edward J., 1937- author.

Title Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cleveland's Free Stamp / Edward J. Olszewski.

Publication Info. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2017.

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Summary "In 1985, the Sohio oil company commissioned Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to design and construct a large outdoor sculpture for its new corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The result was Free Stamp, a bold and distinctive installation that captured both a Pop Art sensibility and a connection to the city's industrial past. Sohio executives approved the design, and work was already underway, when British Petroleum acquired the company. The new owners quickly decided that the sculpture was "inappropriate" for their building and attempted to rid themselves of Free Stamp by donating it to the city of Cleveland--a gift that the city initially had no desire to accept. After much debate and public protest, the sculpture found a home in Willard Park, where it stands today. This is the first study of any sculpture by Oldenburg and van Bruggen to examine the genesis of their art from conception to installation. Edward J. Olszewski has put together a fascinating narrative based on interviews with the artists, archival material from city records, and in-house corporate memoranda, as well as letters to the editor and political cartoons. He traces the development of the sculpture from the artists' first sketches and models to the installation of the completed work in its urban environment"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Sohio, Free Stamp, and BP; 2 The Artists; 3 Sculptural Collaborations; 4 Rejection and Recuperation; 5 The Legal Issue; 6 Impasse; 7 Other Voices, Other Rooms; 8 Rejected Sculpture; 9 An Early Apologetic; 10 Pop Art; 11 Formalism; 12 A Meeting of Minds; 13 Fabrication; 14 The Final Phase; 15 Public Art; 16 Re: Locations; 17 The Sketches; 18 How Stamps Function; 19 Construction of a Hand Stamp; 20 Space in Time; 21 Cognition; 22 Events Postinstallation; Postscript.
Appendix A: Petition Letter of September 15, 1989, to Mr. James H. RossAppendix B: Ordinance No. 1320-85, May 22, 1985; Chronology; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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Subject Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- Free stamp.
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Bruggen, Coosje van -- Criticism and interpretation.
Outdoor sculpture -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Public sculpture -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Olszewski, Edward J., 1937- Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cleveland's Free Stamp. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2017 9780821422717 (DLC) 2017023507 (OCoLC)959273913
ISBN 9780821446034 (electronic bk.)
0821446037 (electronic bk.)