Saturday, August 27, 2011

Badminton anyone?

                                          THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART
                                                             Kansas City, Missouri


                                 Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, 1929, and
                                 Coosje van Bruggen, American, born The Netherlands,
                                 (1942-2009), Gift of the Sosland Family; aluminum,
                                 fiberglass re-inforced plastic, urethane paint, 1994.
                                      © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
                                                    Photo: Attilio Maranzano

This shuttlecock (one of four) looks as if has just landed out-of-bounds
in a giant-sized badminton game, on a lawn whose scale befits such a match.

Claes Oldenburg and his late wife Coosje van Bruggen have been turning
everyday objects into whimsical public art installations from Kansas City to
Korea for decades.  Oldenburg, age 82, was on hand last Saturday to witness
the unveiling of his latest creation-- a 51-foot high paint brush, erected in
Lenfest Plaza in Philadelphia.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in downtown Kansas City is a cultural gem
and a major institution on the American art scene.  Go!


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