Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring monumental works by David Smith and Alexander Calder. These masters of painted steel sculpture achieved international recognition in their lifetime for having created an idiomatic American vision to what had previously been thought of as the exclusive purview of European Modernism.
After pursuing abstraction and figuration throughout their careers, David Smith and Alexander Calder increased the scale of their works to a monumental level in the late 1950s. As they each explored this new scale, they continued to challenge the stress between positive and negative space. In "Mobile," 1963 Calder used heavy, industrial steel to create a delicate object that floats gracefully in space. In "Oval Node," 1963, and "Gondola II," 1964, Smith plays between the density of steel and the lyricism of abstraction. It is remarkable that two sculptors from the same generation, both working in painted steel, created such distinct works.
Although rarely exhibited together, it is noteworthy that in 1962, about the same time the works on view were created, Calder and Smith were included in the Spoleto Festival, The Festival of Two Worlds. In 1993, the Guggenheim Museum featured each artist, as well as Picasso, GonzÃ¡lez and Giacometti in the landmark exhibition Picasso and the Age of Iron.
A major retrospective of David Smith's work, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, will open in January of 2006. This exhibition will travel to the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Tate Modern, London.
Calder: Sculpting A Life
The first authorized biography of Alexander Calder was published this past fall. Biographer Jed Perl and Alexander “Sandy” S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation, discuss the genesis of the book, the nature of genius, and preview what’s to come in the second volume with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018
The Spring 2018 Gagosian Quarterly with a cover by Ed Ruscha is now available for order.
Alexander Calder: Gouaches
While Alexander Calder is regarded as the originator of mobile art works, his works on paper exhibit a mastery of two-dimensional abstraction. With a show of his gouaches closing in the Davies Street, London gallery, Derek Blasberg celebrates some of the artist’s pieces that didn’t require a welding helmet.
Extended through July 13, 2019
June 10–July 13, 2019
Close at Hand
Modern and Contemporary Sculpture
January 9–February 24, 2018
Extended through April 2, 2016
An Index of Process and Mutation
January 14–April 2, 2016
Works from 1929 to 2015
June 11–August 1, 2015
Britannia Street, London