Edward J. Olszewski is emeritus professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has published numerous books and articles on topics from Praxiteles to Renaissance master drawings, late Roman Baroque patronage, and the art of Goya, Degas, and Picasso.
In 1985, the Sohio oil company commissioned Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to design and construct a large outdoor sculpture for its new corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The result was Free Stamp, a bold and distinctive installation that captured both a Pop Art sensibility and a connection to the city’s industrial past. Sohio executives approved the design, and work was already underway, when British Petroleum acquired the company.