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One of the most innovative artists of the postwar period, Claes Oldenburg is best known for work that disrupts our expectations of how objects “behave.” Since the beginning of his career, Oldenburg has focused his attention and immense talent on ordinary, commonplace items, such as kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and various foods. As he once explained, “I make my work out of my everyday experiences, which I find as perplexing and extraordinary as can be.” The Whitney has championed his work for several decades and now possesses one of the world’s largest collections of his art. In this seventh Annenberg Lecture, Oldenburg speaks about his work in conversation with Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director.
In honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador, the Whitney Museum of American Art established the Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture to advance this country’s understanding of its art and culture.