The Artist's Muse Art Blog
The Gagosian Art Gallery in Chelsea is featuring a Calder Exhibition until April 10, 2010. This exhibition consists of four large stabile, mobile and sculptures by Alexander Calder (1898-1976). The artist's career spanned much of the 20th century, and he is considered the most influential sculptor of our time. Calder was born into a family of classically trained artists, and consequently decided to push the boundaries of traditional art in a innovative direction by pioneering a new method of sculpting: bent and twisted wire portraits. Calder accurately captured the essence of an individual while "drawing" the three-dimensional figures in space. Calder also dabbled in circus toys. These magical creations combined ingenuity and entertainment in a unique way, the likes of which can be seen in the artist's later work. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile and stabile. Devoted to creating outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel, Calder's sculptures charm public plazas in cities throughout the world.
The exhibition at Gagosian is fascinating in that viewers can get very close to the art and consequently obtain an accurate sense of scale of the over-sized work. The sculptures, stabile and mobile are breathtaking and can be seen sweetly shifting as a result of the slightest draft. A must see!