Calder/Kelly opens at Lévy Gorvy, New York
Calder/Kelly is now open at Lévy Gorvy, New York! Running through 9 January 2019, the exhibition is a discourse between generations that celebrates the artists’ friendship and their extraordinary experiences as Americans who were shaped by significant periods of time spent living in Paris. Animated by the tension between figuration and abstraction, the works on view suggest intriguing intersections, including the striking repartee between two- and three-dimensionality (which, in Calder’s case, extends to four-dimensionality) that is a notable element of each artist’s oeuvre.
Calder: Nonspace reviewed in the Los Angeles Times
“It’s about creating a space of personal access, about the tension when the steel meets the air.” Alexander S. C. Rower describes Calder: Nonspace at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles in Matthew Stromberg's review of the show for the Los Angeles Times. Read the full piece here.
Calder: Nonspace opens at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
Calder: Nonspace is now on view at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles! Presenting primarily monochromatic abstract sculptures in both the South Gallery and the central open-air courtyard, the exhibition takes its title from a 1963 essay by American novelist James Jones. Upon encountering a series of large-scale sculptures at Calder’s Saché studio, Jones remarked: “[Calder] is willing to believe equally in a nonspace as well as in space. Because of this, his stabiles (and his mobiles as well) are able to fill a given space without occupying it … He has taken a given space and, by molding beautiful elements of steel around it, caused it to become nonspace.” The show will run through 6 January 2019.
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor is now on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! The first Canadian retrospective of the artist presents nearly 100 works, many of which are on loan from the Calder Foundation, that portray the scope of his extraordinarily innovative multidisciplinary practice: from his wire sculptures to his paintings, and from his invention of the mobile to his monumental sculptures. The exhibition will run through 24 February 2019 before traveling on to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Alexander Calder: Theater of Encounters opens at Fundación Proa
Alexander Calder: Theater of Encounters is now open at Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires. Curated by Sandra Antelo-Suárez and featuring approximately sixty pieces, the exhibition explores Calder's multifaceted approach through a series of curatorial “propositions,” in which visitors experience the “continuous becoming” of the works of art in relational and emotionally energetic ways. The show will run through 13 January 2019.
Calder's domestic objects in The World of Interiors
In Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a large collection of the artist’s handcrafted domestic objects are currently on view, many of which are being shown publicly for the first time. In honor of their inclusion in the exhibition, Kaitlyn A. Kramer wrote about this lesser-known aspect of the artist’s oeuvre in this month’s The World of Interiors magazine. “Like his works of art, these domestic items demonstrate the artist’s unceasing creativity and authentic way of living,” Kramer writes. Read the article here.
Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky opens at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky opens today at Hauser & Wirth Somerset! The major solo exhibition takes its inspiration from the artist’s long-time home and studio in Connecticut. Calder Foundation President Alexander S. C. Rower writes: “Roxbury had a direct impact on my grandfather’s work. He owned 18 acres and was inspired to bring sculpting outdoors for the first time. My grandparents thrived in the fresh air and lived close to the land. They also found relief from the rising fascism in Europe, and before long, they were directly assisting their artist friends to escape to the United States and to rural Connecticut in particular. In this way, they rebuilt their rich bohemian community that was a constant facet of their life, thereby making Roxbury home.”
On Friday, 22 June, Rower will be at Hauser & Wirth to speak on the subject of Calder and Roxbury. You can find more information here.
Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists on view at Di Donna, New York
We are pleased to announce that Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists is now on view at Di Donna Galleries, New York. The exhibition, which runs through 29 June, celebrates the fertile creative intersection between 19th and early 20th century Yup’ik masks from the central Alaskan coast and the Surrealists’ indefatigable quest for spiritual and artistic connections with premodern societies all over the world. Two of the works in the show are loans from the Calder Foundation: a 1945 oil painting by the artist that is being exhibited for the first time and a 1943 André Masson painting that was in Calder’s collection.
Reds opens at Mnuchin Gallery
We are pleased to announce the opening of Reds, an exhibition at Mnuchin Gallery, New York, that examines artists’ use of red from the postwar period to the present. In an unpublished manuscript from 1943, titled “À Propos of Measuring a Mobile,” Calder wrote: “To me the most important thing in composition is disparity. Thus black and white are the strong colors, with a spot of red to mark the other corner of a triangle which is by no means equilateral, isosceles, or right … Anything suggestive of symmetry is decidedly undesirable, except possibly where an approximate symmetry is used in a detail to enhance the inequality with the general scheme.” The show will run through 9 June.
Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
We are excited to announce Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky, a major solo exhibition of Calder’s work opening on 26 May at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The show takes its name from the etymology of the surname Calder in Celtic—meaning "from the stony river"—and its inspiration from Calder’s long-time home and studio in Roxbury, Connecticut. After purchasing the dilapidated farmhouse in 1933, Calder and Louisa adapted it to fit their growing family, and Calder built three studios over the years to accommodate his burgeoning ambitions as an artist. The exhibition will feature over 80 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works set within the gardens at Durslade Farm.