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New York  Art at Site www.newyorkart.nl Claes, Coosje van Bruggen		Oldenburg	Typewriter Eraser, Scale X
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Claes, Coosje van Bruggen Oldenburg

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X
1999
IBM Building
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In the mid-1960s Claes Oldenburg began to make drawings of monuments based on common objects, such as a clothespin or a pair of scissors, challenging the notion that public monuments must commemorate historical figures or events. The artist's selection of discredited or obsolete objects extends to those remembered from childhood. As a youngster he enjoyed playing in his father's office with a typewriter eraser. In the late 1960s and 1970s he used the eraser as a source for drawings, prints, sculpture, and even a never-realized monument for New York City. This sculpture presents a giant falling eraser that has just alighted, the bristles of the brush turned upward in a graceful, dynamic gesture.