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
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.
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.
Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion Extended
Due to popular demand, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has extended Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion until 26 January 2014!
Dada & Surrealist Objects extended
If you haven't seen Dada & Surrealist Objects at Blain|Di Donna, you're in luck! The exhibition, which includes four works by Calder, has been extended until 17 January 2014!
Visit the exhibition site here.
Alexander S. C. Rower in conversation with Stephanie Barron
Listen to Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation and Calder's grandson, and Stephanie Barron, senior curator of modern art at LACMA, as they discuss the exhibition Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic, now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until 27 July 2014.