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Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-, Swedish-American artist, b. Stockholm. Usually considered part of the pop art movement, Oldenburg explores the ironic and humorous aspects of common objects by grossly distorting them in scale, shape, and material. He is noted for soft sculptures of stuffed cloth (e.g., Soft Hamburger, 1962; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto) and giant objects (e.g., Giant Saw, Hard Version, 1969; Vancouver Art Gall.). His gigantic monument, Lipstick, was erected at Yale in 1969. Since the 1970s many of his works have been monumental outdoor installations (e.g., colossal binoculars in Los Angeles, an enormous clothespin in Philadelphia, and huge shuttlecocks in Kansas City) and most were executed in collaboration with his second wife, the Dutch artist and curator Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009). Oldenburg's work is represented in many major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum, both in New York City.

(born Jan. 28, 1929, Stockholm, Swed.) Swedish-born U.S. Pop art sculptor. The son of a consular official, he spent part of his early life in the U.S. He graduated from Yale University and attended the Art Institute of Chicago before doing freelance illustrations for magazines. He turned to sculpture after moving to New York City in 1956. Like other practitioners of Pop art, he chose banal subjects from consumer culture, but for “soft sculptures” such as Giant Clothespin (1976) and Giant Soft Shuttlecock (1995) he chose subjects with close human associations. His frequent use of soft, yielding vinyl gave the objects human, often sexual overtones.

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(born Jan. 28, 1929, Stockholm, Swed.) Swedish-born U.S. Pop art sculptor. The son of a consular official, he spent part of his early life in the U.S. He graduated from Yale University and attended the Art Institute of Chicago before doing freelance illustrations for magazines. He turned to sculpture after moving to New York City in 1956. Like other practitioners of Pop art, he chose banal subjects from consumer culture, but for “soft sculptures” such as Giant Clothespin (1976) and Giant Soft Shuttlecock (1995) he chose subjects with close human associations. His frequent use of soft, yielding vinyl gave the objects human, often sexual overtones.

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Asteroids discovered: 131
2114 Wallenquist April 19, 1976
2191 Uppsala August 6, 1977
2274 Ehrsson March 2, 1976
2589 Daniel August 22, 1979
2694 Pino Torinese August 22, 1979
2744 Birgitta September 4, 1975
2902 Westerlund March 16, 1980
3005 Pervictoralex August 22, 1979
3250 Martebo March 6, 1979
3331 Kvistaberg August 22, 1979
3573 Holmberg August 16, 1982
3634 Iwan March 16, 1980
4050 Mebailey September 20, 1976 with H. Rickman
4169 Celsius March 16, 1980
4254 Kamél October 24, 1985
4310 Strömholm September 2, 1978
4593 Reipurth March 16, 1980
4985 Fitzsimmons August 23, 1979
5080 Oja March 2, 1976
5088 Tancredi August 22, 1979
5498 Gustafsson March 16, 1980
5934 Mats September 20, 1976 with H. Rickman
5937 Lodén December 11, 1979
5938 Keller March 16, 1980
6150 Neukum March 16, 1980
6686 Hernius August 22, 1979
6687 Lahulla March 16, 1980
6771 Foerster March 9, 1986
6945 Dahlgren March 16, 1980
7047 Lundström September 2, 1978
7078 Unojönsson October 17, 1985
7217 Dacke August 22, 1979
7360 Moberg January 30, 1996
7545 Smaklösa July 28, 1978
7548 Engström March 16, 1980
7813 Anderserikson October 16, 1985
7857 Lagerros August 22, 1978
7983 Festin March 16, 1980
8534 Knutsson March 17, 1993
8535 Pellesvanslös March 21, 1993
8536 Måns March 21, 1993
8537 Billochbull March 21, 1993
8538 Gammelmaja March 21, 1993
8539 Laban March 19, 1993
8616 Fogelquist March 16, 1980
8786 Belskaya September 2, 1978
8793 Thomasmüller August 22, 1979
9265 Ekman September 2, 1978
9266 Holger September 2, 1978
9267 Lokrume September 2, 1978
9273 Schloerb August 22, 1979
9274 Amylovell March 16, 1980
9275 Persson March 16, 1980
9521 Martinhoffmann March 16, 1980
9720 Ulfbirgitta March 16, 1980
9831 Simongreen August 22, 1979
9919 Undset August 22, 1979
10013 Stenholm September 2, 1978
10021 Henja August 22, 1979
10025 Rauer March 16, 1980
10265 Gunnarsson September 2, 1978
10270 Skoglöv March 16, 1980
10285 Renémichelsen August 17, 1982
10455 Donnison July 9, 1978
10458 Sfranke September 2, 1978
10997 Gahm September 2, 1978
11004 Stenmark March 16, 1980
11013 Kullander August 16, 1982
(11256) 1978 RO8 September 2, 1978
(11449) 1979 QP August 22, 1979
11450 Shearer August 22, 1979
11451 Aarongolden August 22, 1979
(11795) 1979 QM1 August 22, 1979
11797 Warell March 16, 1980
11798 Davidsson March 16, 1980
(12197) 1980 FR2 March 16, 1980
(12229) 1985 UK3 October 17, 1985
(12663) 1978 RL7 September 2, 1978
(12671) 1980 FU March 16, 1980
(12672) 1980 FY2 March 16, 1980
(12673) 1980 FH3 March 16, 1980
(12984) 1979 QF2 August 22, 1979
13908 Wölbern September 2, 1978
(13911) 1979 QT1 August 22, 1979
(13912) 1979 QA2 August 22, 1979
(14327) 1980 FE2 March 16, 1980
(14348) 1985 UO3 October 20, 1985
(15674) 1978 RR7 September 2, 1978
(16367) 1980 FS4 March 16, 1980
(16707) 1995 QP10 August 19, 1995
(17368) 1979 QV1 August 22, 1979
(17369) 1979 QR2 August 22, 1979
(18302) 1980 FL3 March 16, 1980
(18632) 1998 DN37 February 28, 1998
(19084) 1978 RQ9 September 2, 1978
(19918) 1977 PB August 6, 1977
(19925) 1979 QD3 August 22, 1979
(19927) 1980 FM4 March 16, 1980
(19959) 1985 UJ3 October 17, 1985
(20426) 1998 VW44 November 13, 1998
(20427) 1998 VX44 November 13, 1998
(22251) 1978 RT6 September 2, 1978
(23418) 1979 QM3 August 22, 1979
(23419) 1980 FQ1 March 16, 1980
(24610) 1978 RA10 September 2, 1978
(24624) 1980 FH4 March 16, 1980
(26798) 1979 QG2 August 22, 1979
(27672) 1980 FA1 March 16, 1980
(29130) 1986 EA5 March 9, 1986
(30723) 1978 RU8 September 2, 1978
(30728) 1979 QD2 August 22, 1979
(35008) 1980 FZ2 March 16, 1980
(37534) 1980 FL4 March 16, 1980
(37717) 1996 RQ33 September 11, 1996
(37732) 1996 TY68 October 10, 1996
(39465) 1978 RW6 September 2, 1978
(39466) 1978 RX6 September 2, 1978
(39467) 1978 RA7 September 2, 1978
(39468) 1978 RY7 September 2, 1978
(39469) 1978 RG9 September 2, 1978
(39478) 1980 FR4 March 16, 1980
(42464) 1978 RQ7 September 2, 1978
(42468) 1979 QY2 August 22, 1979
(43725) 1978 RK9 September 2, 1978
(46524) 1979 QH2 August 22, 1979
(52240) 1980 FQ4 March 16, 1980
(58099) 1978 RB10 September 2, 1978
(58108) 1979 QE1 August 22, 1979
(73642) 1978 RV9 September 2, 1978
(85135) 1979 QN1 August 22, 1979
(85136) 1979 QX2 August 22, 1979
Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist is a Swedish astronomer at the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory. He is known for his work on the shapes and spin properties of minor planets.

He has discovered a few periodic comets, including P/1996 R2 (Lagerkvist) and P/1997 T3 (Lagerkvist-Carsenty) (these are not yet numbered, since they have not been seen at more than one appearance).

He has also discovered a number of asteroids, including the Trojan asteroid (37732) 1996 TY68. Asteroid 2875 Lagerkvist, discovered February 11,1983 by Edward L. G. Bowell of the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search (LONEOS), was named in his honour.

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