Jed Perl on Calder at Princeton University Art Museum

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 5pm
Princeton Unversity Art Museum
McCormick Hall 101

Presented in conjunction with the pair of Calder stabiles currenlty on loan to the Princeton University Art Museum from the Fisher Family collection, author and art critic Jed Perl will discuss the work of Alexander Calder. A reception in the museum will follow.

Jed Perl has been the art critic at The New Republic since 1994. Among his books are Eyewitness: Reports from an Art World in Crisis, Antoine’s Alphabet: Watteau and His World, and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century, which was a 2005 New York Times Notable Book and a 2005 Atlantic Monthly Best Book of the Year. He is currently working on the first full-length biography Alexander Calder, to be published by Knopf, for which he has received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fellowship from the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY.

This lecture has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, with support from the International Sculpture Center.

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For the open air: Calder in Roxbury

Sunday, 4 May 2014, 3pm
Roxbury Town Hall, 29 North St., Roxbury, CT

In celebration of Alexander Calder’s Mountains (1976) at the Minor Memorial Library, Susan Braeuer Dam will give a presentation on how Calder’s Roxbury property inspired his first works for the outdoors—or “for the open air,” in the artist’s words. Using historical photographs from the Calder Foundation’s archives, she will illustrate the watershed moment of the summer of 1934, and highlight the ways in which these early standing mobiles marked a shift in scale and sensibility as part of a vast progression toward the monumental in Calder’s sculpture.

Attendees are invited to a reception at the nearby Minor Memorial Library immediately following the presentation, where guests will have the opportunity to view Mountains.

Dam is the Director of Research and Publications at the Calder Foundation, New York, where she has served as an associate editor on a number of significant projects, including Calder Jewelry (2007), Calder: Sculptor of Air (2009), and Calder by Matter (2013). Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Dam was at The Menil Collection, Houston, where she managed over two dozen critically acclaimed exhibitions, including The Surreal Calder (2005).

Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention

Following its recent announcement of plans to open a temporary space in Northern California, Pace is honored to present Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention, Pace Menlo Park’s inaugural exhibition, from 16 April to 13 May 2014.

From monumental stabiles, bronzes, and standing and hanging mobiles to colorful gouaches and wearable jewelry, this exhibition explores Calder’s visionary innovations and his innate ability to see aesthetic value in a variety of unlikely materials. The Art of Invention marks nearly five years since the last solo presentation of Calder's work in the Bay area at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Following the inaugural exhibition, Pace Menlo Park will present the work of former Atelier Calder resident Tara Donovan in Tara Donovan: Untitled, on view from 22 May to 30 June 2014.

Read more from the New York Observer here.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Pace Menlo Park
300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California
April 16 – May 13, 2014

The Calder Family and Other Critters

In celebration of Sandra Calder Davidson's recent publication, The Calder Family and Other Critters: Portraits and Reflections, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a discussion between Davidson and art critic and historian Jed Perl, followed by a book signing.

The daughter of Alexander and Louisa Calder, Davidson remembers growing up with this larger-than-life pair and celebrates the family—the children and grandchildren—that grew out of their loving home. The author has a gift for caricaturing people as animals—her father as a circus lion, Louisa as a nippy fox—and the book is organized around these portraits, accompanied by vivid recollections and anecdotes about the subjects.

When: Sunday, 23 February 2014, 2pm
Where: Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Carte Blanche

Pace Gallery is pleased to present Carte Blanche, an exhibition that traces fifty-four years of the gallery’s history. On view from 19 February–29 March 2014, the exhibition marks the first gallery presentation at Chesa Büsin, Straglia Pezzi 34, Zuoz, Switzerland, and continues Pace’s five-decade tradition of exhibitions that explore affinities between artists working across decades and media.

Carte Blanche features works in which white is the dominant shade by artists including: Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Tara Donovan, Robert Irwin, Lee Ufan, Robert Ryman, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and James Turrell.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Four Sculptures by Alexander Stirling Calder Return to NYC

In 1929, Calder's father, the American sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder, unveiled four marble statues depicting Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller, Mary Pickford, and Rosa Ponselle. Voted the “best-loved actresses” of 1927, the sculptures were installed on the facade of the I. Miller Building, a luxury shoe store located on the corner of Broadway and West 46th Street. After I. Miller closed in the 1970s, the sculptures fell into disrepair. Now, following two years of restoration, Stirling Calder’s sculptures are finally back. Read the full story in the New York Times, and go check out this historic landmark for yourself!


Monumental Sculptures on view at Princeton University Museum of Art

On loan from the Fisher Family Collection, Trois disques (Man [intermediate maquette], 1967) and The Kite that Never Flew (1967), will be on view from 18 January–15 June 2014 on the front lawn of Princeton University's Art Museum.

The two monumental sculptures join Five Discs, One Empty (1970), which Calder made especially for the university at the request of his friend Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Find out more about the installtion here.

Surrealism and the Object

If you're in Paris, don't miss Surrealism and the Object, on view at the Centre Georges Pompidou from 30 October 2013–3 March 2014.

The first large-scale exhibition dedicated to Surrealist sculpture, Surrealism and the Object brings together over 200 works by modern and contemporary artists to examine the movement's practice of using everyday objects in sculpture. The exhibition features a selection of Calder’s standing mobiles and a stabile assembled from diverse and unlikely materials.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Calder Shadows Closing 1 February

Last chance to see Calder Shadows! The exhibition, which is currently on view at Venus Over Manhattan, closes 1 February 2014.

Watch Alexander S. C. Rower talk about the exhibition on Artinfo:

Sotheby's Prime Movers: Alexander S. C. Rower

"A versatile, quick thinking curator. A collector ahead of her time. An idealistic tycoon. The heir to an artistic legacy. Without them, the art world would be a lot less interesting..."

Read the full piece on Rower in the January–February issue of Sotheby's Magazine.