Alexander Calder in Los Angeles. LACMA Exhibition: Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. On View: November 24, 2013—July 27, 2014. Location: Resnick Pavilion.
LACMA presents The first monographic Museum exhibition of Alexander Calder in Los Angeles. Forty years of Calder’s abstract sculptures, mobiles, stabiles, and maquettes are represented in the exhibition, designed by Frank O. Gehry.
(Los Angeles—September 3, 2013) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic, the first monographic presentation of Alexander Calder’s work in a Los Angeles museum. Taking as its compass the large-scale sculpture Three Quintains (Hello Girls), a site-specific fountain commissioned by LACMA’s Art Museum Council in 1964 for the opening of LACMA’s Hancock Park campus, Calder and Abstraction brings together a range of nearly fifty abstract sculptures, including mobiles, stabiles, and maquettes for larger outdoor works, that span more than four decades of the artist’s career. The exhibition at LACMA is organized by LACMA’s senior curator of modern art Stephanie Barron and designed by Gehry Partners, LLP.
Barron remarks, “Calder is recognized as one of the greatest pioneers of modernist sculpture, but his contribution to the development of abstract modern sculpture—steeped in beauty and humor—has long been underestimated by critics. Calder was considered a full-fledged member of the European avant-garde, becoming friendly with André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, and Piet Mondrian, and exhibited alongside Jean Arp, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, and many of the Surrealists. His radical inventions move easily between seeming opposites: the avant-garde and the iconic, the geometric and the organic, art and science—an anarchic upending of the sculptural paradigm.”
“Calder and Abstraction offers a window into the remarkably original thinking of this distinguished artist and elucidates his revolutionary and pivotal contribution to the development of modern sculpture,” says Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA. “Three Quintains (Hello Girls) at LACMA has for decades been seen as an emblem of the museum.
Following in the footsteps of its legacy, our campus continues to be enhanced by large-scale, public art—most recently with the inclusion of Chris Burden’s Urban Light (2008) and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (2012).”
Calder and Abstraction is organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York. After its presentation in Los Angeles, the exhibition travels to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA (September 6, 2014-January 4, 2015).
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