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Panel Discussion On Redefining Sculpture at PEM

Peabody Essex Museum
11am–12pm, Morse Auditorium
Free with museum admission
Reservations by September 5

Join Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator, as she hosts a panel discussion with Stephanie Barron, chief curator of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition, and Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic and author of a forthcoming Calder biography. Their conversation touches on the defining aspects of Calder's work, as well as his impact on modern art.

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Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

The Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to present Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, this exhibition brings together 40 sculptures by one of the most influential and innovative artists of the twentieth century. Featuring mobiles, stabiles, standing mobiles, and maquettes made between the 1930s and the 1960s, this exhibition celebrates Calder’s pivotal contributions to modern art and his revolutionary approach to sculpture. From small-scale works like Little Pierced Disc (c. 1947) to the muscular La Grande vitesse (1969), recurring themes such as linearity, dimensionality, biomorphic forms, and the tension between mass and weightlessness emerge.

“Liberated from pedestals–and even from the ground itself–Calder’s work casts aside traditional sculptural techniques in favor of an entirely original visual vocabulary and conceptual framework,” said Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator. “Calder revealed sculpture’s potential to be ethereal, kinetic and poetic while simultaneously extending its capacity to explore abstraction and metaphor through color, form, line and volume."

Calder and Abstraction will be on view 6 September 2014–4 January 2015. Visit the exhibition page here.

 

Reinventing Space at The Phillips Collection

This Thursday at The Phillips Collection, Elizabeth Hutton Turner will present Reinventing Space, a discussion exploring how American modernists Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and John Graham used line, color, shape, and relationships to reinvent space in sculpture and on canvas.

Turner is vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia, former senior curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and curator of the 2004 exhibition Calder–Miró in conjunction with the Beyeler Fondation.

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 6:30pm
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

 

Atelier Calder Presents Monika Sosnowska

This weekend, the Atelier Calder will open its doors to the public and present the work of current resident Monika Sosnowska (b. Ryki, Poland, 1972).

During her three-month summer residency at the Atelier, Monika Sosnowska revisited the theme of the “maquette,” an interest that began in 2005 with her exhibition at the Foskal Gallery in Warsaw. In what was her first small-scale retrospective, Sosnowska presented models and monumental sculptures in the same space, an experience that served as a catalyst for her investigation into issues of scale and perception.

At the Atelier Calder, Sosnowska's residency began with the creation of maquettes of works produced in 2005, which she augmented with models of new works intended for enlargement. Employing the same process that Calder used to create his own monumental sculptures, Sosnowska will present this body of work alongside a series of found objects that she has also fabricated to scale, juxtaposing the maquettes with their full-size counterparts.

In the resulting installation, the artist creates an enveloping and disorienting environment; objects that normally would not coexist in real scale are presented side by side, forcing us to reflect upon our relationship to the space.

Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 July 2014, 3–7pm
Atelier Calder, 12 route du Carroi, 37190 Saché, France

Visit the Atelier's website.

Calder Jewelry

Kukje Gallery, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, is pleased to present Calder Jewelry, an exhibition featuring the artist's jewelry as well as works on paper and sculpture. The exhibition will be on view 10 July - 17 August 2014.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Atelier Calder Celebrates 25 Years

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Atelier Calder, the Calder Foundation has installed Calder's monumental sculpture Le Chien en trois couleurs (1973) on the grounds of the Atelier in Saché – the first time a work by Calder has been present on the property since the inception of the program.

The Atelier will also present several events during Paris FIAC in October 2014, including a project by Darren Bader and the publication of a special revue by Cahiers d'Art devoted to the history of Calder in France.

Calder at the Rijksmuseum

From 21 June - 5 October 2014, the Rijksmuseum will present a free exhibition featuring fourteen of Calder's monumental sculptures in their gardens. Organized by the Rijksmuseum in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, Calder at the Rijksmuseum marks the first time in which such a large number of outdoor monumental works have been brought together.

Visit the exhibition page here.

Calder On View At LongHouse Reserve

On loan from the Calder Foundation to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton are two 1967 monumental sculptures, Four Planes Escarpé and Six Planes Escarpé. The works will be on view in the garden until October 2015.  

For more information, visit the LongHouse website.

Transformations

On 1 June 2014, the Calder Foundation invited a small group of artists to respond to the theme of "transformation" by activating a vacant Manhattan building through installations, performances, and social interventions.

Transformations featured Itzhak Beery, Alejandro Guzman, Takashi Horisaki and Nina Horisaki-Christens, Lauren Silberman, El Tryptophan, and the artist collaborative FCKNLZ.

A Portrait by Alexander Calder is Rediscovered

The Calder Foundation recently rediscovered a drawing by Calder depicting his friend, the French artist Fernand Léger. The unsigned work turned up at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine.

"As the foundation staff pieced together the background facts, Mr. Rower said, 'the story unrolled into perfection.'"

Read the full story in The New York Times.