PRINT February 1966

A Discussion

THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION, MODERATED BY Mr. Bruce Glasser, was broadcast over radio station WBAI in New York in June, 1964. The transcript was edited for publication in September–October, 1965.

Bruce Glaser: Claes, how did you arrive at the kind of image you are involved with now? Did it evolve naturally from the things you were doing just before?

Claes Oldenburg: I was doing something that wasn’t quite as specific as what I’m doing now. Everything was there, but it was generalized and in the realm of imagination, let’s say. And, of course, an artist goes through a period where he develops his “feelers” and then he finds something to attach them to, and then the thing happens that becomes the thing that he wants to be or say.

So I had a lot of ideas about imaginary things and fantasies which I experimented with in drawings, sculptures and paintings, in every conceivable way I could. Through

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.