Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone. - Andrew Eldritch (English singer)
Claus Oldenburg's installations merge pop art and post modern sculpture into iconic imagery.
The notion of enlarging a diminutive, everyday object and placing it in a landscape - an idea integral to Oldenburg's monumental public art - comes to us from the Surrealists (such as Magritte, Dali and Ernst). In this respect, Oldenburg is the most Surreal of the Pop artists and his sculptures are like Surrealists dreams made real. - The Art Story
Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosie van Bruggen, who was also a sculptor, art historian, curator, and critic. Together, they produced over 30 years of sculptures until her death from breast cancer at age 66.