Claes Oldenberg, the son of a Swedish diplomat, grew up in Chicago. After he finished Yale University, he took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City in 1956. Oldenberg met a group of artists, that included Jim Dine, Red Grooms and Allan Kaprow and became part of their theatrical Happenings, an alternative to the prevailing abstract expressionism. Eliciting public ridicule before being embraced in the 1960s as whimsical, insightful and fun, Oldenberg's large scale sculptures of mundane objects became associated with the Pop Art movement. One of Oldenberg's early sculptures was a soft sculpture of a tube of lipstick which would deflate unless a participant re-pumped air into it. In 1974, this sculpture, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, was redesigned in a sturdier aluminum form, the giant lipstick being placed vertically atop tank treads where it resides permanently in the Morse College courtyard.
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