Van de Weghe Fine Art

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

installation view by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Installation view, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010Thursday, December 23, 2010


New York, NY USA

Van de Weghe Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Alexander Calder this fall. Calder's aesthetic conception and realization of space, color and motion was a key development for sculpture in the expanded field as we have come to experience it today and he can be counted among Modernism's most significant.

The exhibition will include work spanning five decades of Calder's career - the earliest work in the show dates from 1928, a twisted wire Cow in the style of Calder's famous "Circus." Also on view are several hanging and standing mobiles. Calder's invention of the "mobile" sculpture is among the most radical innovations of Modernism, reaching across both its formalist and surrealist tendencies. Visiting Mondrian's studio in 1929, Calder was inspired by Mondrian's working method - a wall of colored rectangles for compositional experimentation. The idea of making color and form "oscillate," as Calder said, gave rise to the "mobile," a term coined by Duchamp for Calder's invention in 1931 that means in French both "mobile" and "motive" (the term "stabile" was consequently devised by Jean Arp for Calder's non-kinetic sculpture). In a perpetual state of becoming, these compositions constantly rearrange into eloquent articulations of space.

The exhibition will be on view through December 22, 2010. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, and by appointment. For further information, please contact the gallery.