Exhibitions

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Alexander Calder

Sheet metal, wire, and paint

42 x 55 x 18 inches

Calder Foundation, New York

© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, NY

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

On view September 6, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Located in the: Dodge Gallery 2

Alexander Calder's abstract works revolutionized modern sculpture and made him one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, this exhibition brings together 40 of the artist's mobiles (kinetic metal works) and stabiles (dynamic monumental sculptures) to explore how Alexander Calder introduced the visual vocabulary of the French Surrealists into the American vernacular.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in cooperation with the Calder Foundation, New York. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The AMG Foundation and Eaton Vance Investment Counsel sponsored the exhibition. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.

AMG

In-Kind Media Partner:
WBUR

Images

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Alexander Calder

Sheet metal, wire, and paint

42 x 55 x 18 inches

Calder Foundation, New York

© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, NY

Alexander Calder, La Demoiselle, 1939.

Alexander Calder, La Demoiselle, 1939.

Glenstone. © Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Alexander Calder, Little Face, 1962.

Alexander Calder, Little Face, 1962.

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art; Gift of the Joseph B. & Ann S. Koepfli Trust in New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © 2014 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Related Events

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by September 19

Members $20

Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art, leads this tour held exclusively for members before the museum opens.

Wire Drawing in Space ›
ArtSessions: Studio Workshops for Adults
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 4pm
Reservations by October 1

Members $150, nonmembers $180

After viewing Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic, explore the play of space, line and design using wire with sculptor and art therapist Brian Murphy. Learn techniques of this unusual art form, experiment with designs and create free-floating wire sculptures of your own.

Class continues on Sunday, October 5.

Supply list will be sent upon registration.

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by October 3

Members $20

Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, leads this tour held exclusively for members before the museum opens.

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