It's not as heavy as it looks

It's not as heavy as it looks

Coosje van Bruggen, 1942-2009

We’re a little late in noting last week’s passing of Coosje van Bruggen, who along with her husband, Claes Oldenburg, created one of the iconic symbols of Minneapolis, Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. We had some fun there in summer 2007, trying out a new camera and messing around with Photoshop. Click here for the slideshow on flickr [Parental Warning: These images were taken before I lost all that weight and might be too intense for younger audiences].

The obituary, from the Associated Press:

Van Bruggen put artistic mark on Minneapolis
Sculptor who collaborated with husband on “Spoonbridge and Cherry” dies

Charles Tasnadi, Associated Press

Coosje van Bruggen, a critic, art historian and sculptor who collaborated with her artist-husband, Claes Oldenburg, on his giant sculptures of mundane objects, including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” has died in California.

Van Bruggen, 66, died of breast cancer Saturday in her Los Angeles home, said Andrea Glimcher, a spokeswoman for PaceWildenstein, which represented Van Bruggen.

Van Bruggen gained a reputation as an inquisitive critic with her scholarly books and essays on the works of John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter and others.

She was best-known through her work with the Swedish-born, American pop artist Oldenburg, whom she married in 1977.