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Read Vanity Fair Mexico's Interview with Alexander S. C. Rower on Calder: Discipline of the Dance!

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Exhibition Video: Alexander Calder: Multum in Parvo

Watch Calder Foundation president Alexander S. C. Rower, gallerist Dominique Lévy, and architect Gabriel Calatrava discuss Alexander Calder: Multum in Parvo, an exhibition dedicated to the artist’s small-scale sculpture currently on view at Dominique Lévy Gallery.

ALEXANDER S. C. ROWER INTERVIEW AT MUSEO JUMEX

Watch Calder Foundation president Alexander S. C. Rower discuss Calder: Discipline of the Dance, the artist’s first retrospective in Mexico in over twenty-five years, inside the exhibition at Museo Jumex.

FRAMMENTI EXPO ’67 AT FONDAZIONE VEDOVA, VENICE

From 6 May–18 October 2015, in conjunction with World Expo Milano, the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova will present Frammenti Expo ’67: Alexander Calder e Emilio Vedova, highlighting Calder and Vedova’s contributions to the Montreal World Exposition in 1967. For the Expo, Calder was commissioned by the International Nickel Company of Canada to create Trois disques, a monumental, unpainted, stainless-steel stabile, which was donated to the citizens of Montreal on 7 May 1967, marking the 325th anniversary of the city’s founding. The maquette of this exceptional work, from which intermediate models were fabricated for design refinements, is on view at the Fondazione Vedova, along with the artist’s sculptures and works on paper; also included are photographs by Ugo Mulas of Calder’s contribution to the Expo. Designed by Italo Rota and curated by Germano Celant, director of Fondazione Prada, the exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York.

CALDER AT THE PUSHKIN STATE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MOSCOW

From 8 June–30 August 2015, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, will present Alexander Calder: Retrospective, the artist’s first solo show in Russia. The unprecedented exhibition features nearly sixty works from the 1920s through the 1970s, lending insight into Calder’s unique genius that completely transformed the history of art. Among the works on view will be Hercules and Lion (1928), a pinnacle of Calder’s innovation in wire; Red is Dominant (1947), with intentionally light-reflecting elements; and Black Mobile with Hole (1954), which was first presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Calder retrospective in 1964–65.

Curator Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation, states, “Bringing my grandfather’s works to Russia is extremely gratifying. As the world’s first truly international artist, Calder continues to resonate globally with diverse audiences, and he would have seized upon this opportunity to show his work amidst the Pushkin’s venerable collection.”  

CALDER LIGHTNESS AT THE PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION

From 1 May–12 September 2015, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation will present Calder Lightness, an exhibition of sixteen significant works that include large-scale hanging mobiles, standing mobiles, and open-form constellations. Installed in the Pulitzer’s light-filled upper galleries, the presentation seeks to create a multi-sensory experience of Calder’s ingenious fusion of line, brilliance, gravity, and movement, bringing to the fore his exceptional ability to effect spatial transformation through groundbreaking abstractions. Calder Lightness is guest curated by Carmen Giménez, whose historic 2003 exhibition Calder: Gravity and Grace at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao reached critical acclaim.

LÉVY PRESENTS ALEXANDER CALDER: MULTUM IN PARVO

On view from 22 April–13 June 2015 at Dominique Lévy GalleryAlexander Calder: MULTUM IN PARVO is an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Calder’s small-scale sculpture. The Latin title, which means “much in little,” refers to the tremendous poetic effect engendered by these intricate constructions. Consisting of over forty works, the presentation includes a standing mobile from around 1954 that measures less than an inch-and-a-half high, as well as six standing mobiles from 1939 that served as maquettes to complement Percival Goodman’s architectural proposal for a new Smithsonian Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a project that went unrealized. 

The show integrates Calder’s buoyant miniatures within a specially designed environment of mirrored discs by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, magnifying their minute features. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by independent art critic and Calder biographer Jed Perl and architecture critic Paul Goldberger will accompany the exhibition.  MULTUM IN PARVO is organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation. 

JED PERL ON CALDER IN ROME

American Academy in Rome

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

AAR Lecture Room

The American Academy of Rome is pleased to present Rome Revisited: Rethinking Narratives in the Arts, 1948–1964, the second of two research seminars in which international scholars discuss artistic production, exhibitions, and exchange in Rome during in the postwar period.

Independent critic Jed Perl will speak on the subject of Calder’s Work in Progress, the artist’s avant-garde theatrical production that premiered at the Rome Opera House in 1968. Conceived as an abstract “ballet,” the ambitious commission featured hanging and standing mobiles, stabiles, and huge backdrops painted in gouache. The project was spearheaded by Calder’s friend, the noted Italian curator Giovanni Carandente, and produced with electronic music by Niccolò Castiglione, Aldo Clementi, and Bruno Maderna.

View video excerpts of Calder’s Work in Progress (1968) here.

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ALEXANDER S. C. ROWER IN CONVERSATION WITH JOSH BAER AT ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

If you missed it live at Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, watch Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist, in conversation with Josh Baer, publisher of Baer Faxt and son of painter Jo Baer, as they discuss the intricacies of stewarding an artist’s legacy and negotiating the art market, presented as part of the fair’s popular Art Salon educational program.