BLOG

Calder: Hypermobility in the Wall Street Journal

"Thoughts of a Calder work in motion might conjure up a mobile rotating lazily in the breeze. But the artist intended a far wider range of movements—from furious vibration to random, sometimes violent collisions—that emerge only when the works are activated. Some, from the 1930s and 1940s, even have motors of their own. 

In advance of Calder: Hypermobilitywhich opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on 9 June, Susan Delson of the Wall Street Journal visited the Calder Foundation to speak with Alexander S. C. Rower and preview a few of the works that will be set in motion during the course of the show. Watch a series of films of those pieces and read the article here.

Imaginary Ancestors is now on view at Almine Rech Gallery in New York

Imaginary Ancestors is now on view at Almine Rech Gallery in New York! The show, which runs through 15 June, looks at primitivism in modern and contemporary art, restaging a 1933 exhibition that paired Fang sculptures with paintings of the time and presenting a parallel exhibition of primitivist modern and affiliated contemporary works. Two objects from Calder’s personal collection are included in the exhibition—highlighting the artist's fascination with simple artifacts from world cultures—as well as a number of Calder works that resonate with the primitive aesthetic. “Simplicity of equipment and an adventurous spirit in attacking the familiar or unknown are apt to result in a primitive and vigorous art,” wrote Calder in 1943. "Somehow the primitive is usually much stronger than art in which technique and flourish abound.”

Also on view are works by Picasso, David Smith, Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ana Mendieta, James Turrell, and Erika Verzutti.

Strange Attractor is now on view at Ballroom Marfa

We are pleased to announce that Strange Attractor is now on view at Ballroom Marfa. Curated by Gryphon Rue, Calder’s great-grandson, the exhibition presents historical, contemporary, and commissioned works dealing with environmental events, technology, and sound. The title itself—“strange attractor”—is a term that describes the inherent order embedded in chaos, perceivable in harmonious yet unpredictable patterns. Essential to the subjects are intimate, vast, and interconnected abstractions that must be reconciled with lived experience—the problem of how to clearly perceive and interpret the world. In the show, Calder’s never-before-exhibited sound-mobile Clangors, 1942, is placed in the context of work by a wide range of artists, including Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Thomas Ashcraft, Robert Buck, Beatrice Gibson, Phillipa Horan, Channa Horwitz, Lucky Dragons, Haroon Mirza, and Douglas Ross.

Calder / Miró: Constellations opens in New York City

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Calder / Miró: Constellations at Pace Gallery's 32 West 57th Street location and Acquavella Galleries in New York! The distinct yet complementary presentations illuminate the startling affinities between the two artists, who were separated by the Atlantic and unable to communicate due to World War II when they created the series.

The presentation of Calder’s Constellations at Pace Gallery is the first exhibition dedicated solely to this body of work since it débuted at Pierre Matisse Gallery in 1943. Composed of carved wooden forms, sometimes painted in bright, monochromatic colors, and united with steel wires, these exotic sculptures were made in 1943 and christened “constellations” by James Johnson Sweeney and Marcel Duchamp. The majority of the Constellations are mounted high on the wall, with a dimension dictated by the angles of their protrusions.
 
Read about Calder and Miró’s friendship, their respective Constellations series, and the genesis of this exhibition in The New York Times, featuring interviews with the artists’ grandsons Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation, and Joan Punyet Miró, vice president of Successió Miró. You can find the full article here and Roberta Smith's review of the show here.
 
Calder / Miró: Constellations will run through 30 June at Pace and 26 May at Acquavella.

Alexander S. C. Rower discusses Calder’s history with Brazil

Itaú Cultural in São Paulo, Braziljust released a short film with Alexander S. C. Rower about Calder’s time in Brazil. Filmed during the museum’s 2016 exhibition Calder and Brazilian Art, Rower discusses Calder’s influence on Brazilian art, and conversely, how the country affected Calder’s artistic practice. Watch the film here.

National Gallery Chief of Design discusses the installation of Calder in the Tower

The National Endowment for the Arts put together a short film featuring Mark Leithauser, Chief of Design and Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of Calder in the Tower, the museum’s long-term gallery space dedicated to Calder in the recently remodeled East Wing. Leithauser describes the lengthy process that went into designing the exhibition space, highlighting the particular difficulty of installing works by Calder due to their unregulated movement. Watch the film here.

Vanity Fair Spain on Calder and Spain

Vanity Fair Spain dives into Calder’s relationship with Spain and his friendships with Joan Miró, Josep Lluís Sert, and Luis Buñuel. Read the full article here.

Alexander S. C. Rower speaks on Calder’s legacy at Five Points Gallery

On 5 November, Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut, welcomed Calder Foundation President Alexander S. C. Rower as their 2016 Guest Lecturer. Rower’s lecture, entitled “Calder’s Legacy,” focused on the evolution of Calder’s artistic output throughout his life, with special attention made to his home and studio in nearby Roxbury.

The lecture is available to watch here.

Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso discuss Calder and Picasso

On the occasion of Calder and Picasso at Almine Rech Gallery in New York, the Calder Foundation hosted a conversation with Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso on 11 November, moderated by Ann Temkin, the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA. Rower and Ruiz-Picasso discussed the evolution of the exhibition and how they worked together to reveal the aesthetic relationship between the two artists.

The conversation is available to watch here.

 

Alexander S. C. Rower on a photograph of his family in Art in America

Alexander S. C. Rower tells the story of a 1964 Ugo Mulas photograph of the Calder family to Art in America.