Alexander Calder @ Tate Modern

I have always been intrigued with Calder's performative sculptures. Seeing this retrospective gave me an insight into how the artist worked and developed his ideas.

Photographs were obviously not allowed, so the following images are from Google/the Calder Foundation.

Hercules and Lion (1928)

This is part of Calder's earliest work, using wire to create fluid three-dimensional line-drawings.

Goldfish Bowl (1929)

Wire sculpture that can be 'brought to life' by turning the reel on its side. Piece followed by a series of dynamic wire toys and the Cirque Calder, a performance.

'...Cirque Calder, a complex, unique body of work which attracted a devoted following among the Paris avant-garde. His explorations of sound and movement, of chance and intervention, and the ways in which an artwork can respond to or alter its surroundings, took place within a milieu informed by developments in music and choreography as much as by fine art. Embodying the vitality of dancers or acrobats, Calder's sculptures were performers in their own right.'

- from the exhibition brochure.

This was exhibited along other large sculptural paintings - where metal plates are hung in front of a canvas with string and the composition is free to rotate and move (to a certain extent). I was fascinated by the way Calder used a canvas to recontextualise a sculpture. I'd also like to use the canvas as a component to my future pieces, where appropriate.

Snow Flurry 1948

This piece is among the most recognisable later works of Calder (mobiles).

Click to see a walkthrough of the exhibit.

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