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Coosje (pro: Koh-shuh) Van Bruggen, Artist and Collaborator With Her Husband Claes Oldenburg, Dropped Bowl…

Posted in Bios U - Z on September 18, 2011 by artoutmiami

Coosje Van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg

(Courtesy of Wilkipedia)

Coosje van Bruggen (June 6, 1942 – January 10, 2009) was a sculptor, art historian, and critic.[1] She collaborated extensively with her husband, Claes Oldenburg.
Van Bruggen studied history of art at the University of Groningen. From 1967 to 1971 she worked at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Until 1976 Van Bruggen taught at the Academy for Art and Industries in Enschede. In 1978 Van Bruggen moved to New York, in 1993 she became a United States citizen.
She collaborated extensively with her husband, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, since 1976. They were married in 1977. Together, they designed several large scaled sculptures such as the Inverted Collar and Tie in Frankfurt am Main. Since the early 1980s Van Bruggen worked as an independent critic and curator. In 1982 she was member of the selection committee of the documenta 7 in Kassel. In 1988, her work along with Oldenburg Spoonbridge and Cherry was commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and became a permanent fixture of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as well as an iconic image of the city of Minneapolis. Van Bruggen published books about the early work of Oldenburg, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the works of Bruce Nauman.

Together with Oldenburg, Van Bruggen received numerous awards including the Distinction in Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York (1994); Nathaniel S. Saltonstall Award, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1996); Partners in Education Award, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2002); the Medal Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004) and honorary degrees from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California (1996); University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, England (1999); Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2005); and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan (2005).
The Estate of Coosje van Bruggen is represented by The Pace Gallery, New York
She died in 2009, aged 66, after a long battle with breast cancer.


Wendy Wischer, Artist, Professor

Posted in Bios U - Z on August 10, 2011 by artoutmiami

Wendy Wischer

(Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery)Born in Wisconsin 1971, Wendy Wischer lives in Florida. She received an MFA from Florida State University,1995 and a BFA from theUniversity ofWisconsin Madison,1993. Wischer creates work in a variety of media from sculptural objects, to installations, video and public works.  Much of the artwork is based on blurring the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Media.  She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, the South Florida Consortium, the Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Enhancement Grant, New Forms Grant and the Alberta Prize for Visual Art. Wendy has exhibited extensively nationally, and internationally in Spain, the Dominican Republic and Israel.  Her work is part of several public collections including the Miami Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami and Art in Public Places Miami Beach.  She recently participated in the First International Triennial of the Caribbean at the Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic and she will participate in the upcoming Florence Biennale 2011.  Currently her work is on view at the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale.