Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
In the New York Review, Jed Perl writes, “‘Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture,’ the first major Calder show in London in many years, emphasizes what the curators view as the artist’s genre-crossing experiments; it has been organized by a team of curators, overseen by Achim Borchardt-Hume, and including Ann Coxon and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos. A room is devoted to Calder’s relief sculptures of the 1930s. Here, with brilliantly colored biomorphic and geometric forms either attached to or suspended in front of rectangular panels, Calder sets painting on a march into the third dimension. These works also suggest maquettes for abstract theatrical productions. Calder’s theatrical instincts, most familiar to museumgoers through the Cirque Calder that he began performing for small audiences in Paris in the late 1920s, pretty soon brought him into contact and collaboration with figures ranging from Martha Graham and Léonide Massine to Virgil Thomson.”
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