Art: Claes Oldenburg, Japanese art and 'Prohibition'

  • by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 13, 2013 - 3:15 PM

Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties Sept. 22-Jan. 12 • Walker Art Center Now most famous for such playful public sculptures as “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” Oldenburg launched his career 50 years ago on a more domestic note with “The Street,” sculptures inspired by urban life; “The Store,” featuring soft sculptures of pies, hamburgers, clothes and other shop goods, and “The Home,” filled with hard and soft sculptures of housewares including electric plugs, light switches and toilets. In this retrospective, these iconic whimsies are joined by the Swedish-born artist’s “Mouse Museum” and “Ray Gun Wing,” walk-in installations filled with inspired collectibles and concoctions. The show will also feature notebooks, snapshots, home movie and slide projections that reveal the inner workings of one of the 20th century’s great creative minds.

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