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October 19–December 18, 2021
rue de Ponthieu, Paris

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Installation view with Alexander Calder, Triangles (1957) Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view with Alexander Calder, Triangles (1957)

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view with Alexander Calder, Double Headed (1973) Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view with Alexander Calder, Double Headed (1973)

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Works Exhibited

Alexander Calder, Caged Stone and Fourteen Dots, c. 1948 Sheet metal, wire, stone, rod, and paint, 36 ½ × 34 × 10 inches (92.7 × 86.4 × 25.4 cm)© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Caged Stone and Fourteen Dots, c. 1948

Sheet metal, wire, stone, rod, and paint, 36 ½ × 34 × 10 inches (92.7 × 86.4 × 25.4 cm)
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Three White Dots on Orange Stalk, 1952 Sheet metal, wire, rod, and paint, 17 × 23 × 7 inches (43.2 × 58.4 × 17.8 cm)© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Three White Dots on Orange Stalk, 1952

Sheet metal, wire, rod, and paint, 17 × 23 × 7 inches (43.2 × 58.4 × 17.8 cm)
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Triangles, 1957 Sheet metal, bolts, and paint, 84 × 88 × 50 inches (213.4 × 223.5 × 127 cm)© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Triangles, 1957

Sheet metal, bolts, and paint, 84 × 88 × 50 inches (213.4 × 223.5 × 127 cm)
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Double Headed, 1973 Sheet metal, wire, and paint, 28 ½ × 51 ½ × 20 inches (72.4 × 130.8 × 50.8 cm)© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Double Headed, 1973

Sheet metal, wire, and paint, 28 ½ × 51 ½ × 20 inches (72.4 × 130.8 × 50.8 cm)
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Alexander Calder, Crag with White Flower and White Discs, 1974 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint, 76 × 86 × 48 inches (193 × 218.4 × 121.9 cm)© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Alexander Calder, Crag with White Flower and White Discs, 1974

Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint, 76 × 86 × 48 inches (193 × 218.4 × 121.9 cm)
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

About

Gagosian is pleased to present a selection of sculptures and paintings by Alexander Calder at the rue de Ponthieu gallery. The exhibition complements both the public installation of Calder’s monumental sculpture Flying Dragon (1975) at Place Vendôme as part of FIAC Hors les Murs and Calder: 1975 and “Flying Dragon,” the inaugural presentation at the gallery’s new location at 9 rue de Castiglione, which gathers the sculpture’s original maquette and related archival materials alongside additional works from 1975.

At the rue de Ponthieu gallery, selected works by Calder emphasize his inimitable visual language and stress the interplay between nature and abstraction, stillness and motion, and monumentality and ephemerality in his practice. Standing mobiles such as Caged Stone and Fourteen Dots (c. 1948), Three White Dots on Orange Stalk (1952), and Double Headed (1973) represent a bridge between the static sculptures of Calder’s early production and the later free-hanging mobiles for which he became so widely known. The term mobile was coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe Calder’s kinetic abstract objects, while stabile was suggested by Jean Arp as a designation for Calder’s stationary works.

The exhibition also features entries from Calder’s Crags series of 1974. In Crag with White Flower and White Discs (1974), his decades-long investigation of kinetic and fixed components culminates in a dynamic synthesis of painterly and sculptural idioms. Originally made for the exhibition Crags and Critters of 1974 at Perls Galleries, New York, the sculpture embodies Calder’s singular employment of color and shape in a silhouette-like form surrounded by suspended elements that float in energetic and unpredictable ways.

Also on view are the stabile Triangles (1957), the mobile Black Circle, Black Triangle (1961), and several gouache paintings whose exploration of abstract and natural motifs in bold colors transcribe the vocabulary of Calder’s sculpture into a more immediate medium.