Sculptor Coosje Van Bruggen Dead At 66


Coosje van Bruggen, an artist best known for her colorful public sculptures, died on Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

Coosje married the Pop artist Claes Oldenburg in 1977. The two artists frequently collaborated on large-scale public sculptures (including “Flashlight”, left). Although van Bruggen and Oldenburg maintained that their work was a true collaboration, critics often refused to credit Coosje. The couple conceived their ideas jointly, and Coosje chose the colors while Claes did the drawing, yet Coosje’s work was often unrecognized. With Oldenburg, van Bruggen has been the subject of nearly 40 exhibitions. She became an American citizen in 1992. [New York Times]

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