This seems to be the season of Alexander Calder in NYC. If you have not already done so you should really go see the Whitney’s current exhibition, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 as it is only on view through February 15th. The show incorporates Calder’s famed Circus as well as a film of the artist acting out the circus performance and transforming the figures to make them kinetic. Other incredible works in the show include Calder’s wire portraits of those in his circle in Paris and dynamic, larger pieces from the 1930s. Be sure to be there at the right time to see them move!
The Met is showing Calder Jewelry, a natural progression from the mechanical engineer-turned-illustrator-turned artist’s wire sculptures. The pieces are extraordinary for their grandeur and their freedom from existing forms yet maintain a historical note of ancient Greek, Egyptian and African cultures in their use of jewelry.
A number of local galleries also have Calder works on display this month.