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Alexander Calder - Performing Sculpture

Review, Art, Exhibition, Londonmadebymrsm
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The third stop on my epic exhibition visiting trip to town the other week (first stop was Eames, second Liberty in Fashion) was the Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern. IMAGE CREDITS: SEE END OF POST.

Following my morning with Charles and Ray Eames I continued the feeling of being in some kind of mid-century heaven with a lovely stroll around, gazing upwards at the beautiful Calder mobiles. This was another exhibition which charted the artists' full career and was more varied than I'd expected. Calder's early wire sculptures are really rather beautiful (I particularly liked the fish in the first room - keep an eye out for them if you visit).

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I rather liked the piece above (and the others displayed with it) which combined a traditional wall hung painting with sculpture in an unexpected way.

The only disappointment for me were the number of works which had been designed to move but were not - apparently due to the aged state of the motors inside. I think it would've been nice for at least some of these to be restored so we could view them as intended (but maybe I'm missing a point here).

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My favourite works in the exhibitions were those I'd expected to love - the large scale mobiles (I'm definitely missing a mobile in my life!) and the stunning final piece in the exhibition - a 3.5m long sculpture on loan from the Institute of Architects in Sao Paulo, Brazil was just wonderful.

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is at Tate Modern in London until 3 April 2016.

IMAGES:

1. Alexander Calder in his Roxbury studio, 1941 Photo credit: Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

2. White Panel 1936 Calder Foundation, New York, NY, USA Photo credit: Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

3. Red and Yellow Vane 1934 Calder Foundation, New York, NY, USA Photo credit: Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

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