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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Alexander Calder

(1898 - 1976), USA

Alexander Calder was born in 1898 in Lawnton, PA and died in New York in 1976. Calder's illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century; he is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially 'drew' three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Featured Artworks

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Branches sans feuilles (Branches Without Leaves) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderBranches sans feuilles (Branches Without Leaves), 1946 Painted metal and wire
18 x 61 x 43 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Low Three Feathers by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderLow Three Feathers, 1967 Standing mobile–painted metal and wire
27 x 68.9 x 79.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Morning Cobweb (intermediate maquette) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderMorning Cobweb (intermediate maquette), 1967 Sheet metal, bolts and paint
162.6 x 102.2 x 101.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderUntitled, 1939 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint
141 x 163.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth
3 Segments by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander Calder3 Segments, 1973 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint
200.7 x 508 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Feuille d’arbre by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderFeuille d’arbre, 1974 Sheet metal and paint
626.1 x 396.2 x 355.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Les Arêtes de poisson (maquette) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderLes Arêtes de poisson (maquette), 1965 Sheet metal and paint
37.1 x 44.8 x 26.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Haverford Variation by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderHaverford Variation, 1944 Sheet metal, wire, and paint
78.7 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere at Pace Gallery, New York
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14 September–26 October 2019 Alexander Calder Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, Calder: Nonspace at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
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27 October 2018–6 January 2019 Alexander Calder Calder: Nonspace Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, From the Stony River to the Sky at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
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26 May–9 September 2018 Alexander Calder From the Stony River to the Sky Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

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A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 9 Feb 2018 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

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Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more Related Press Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more Wallpaper* : 8 October 2019

While a handful of Manhattan galleries have flocked south where Tribeca is emerging as a new cultural destination, it's the international blue-chips who are banking on Chelsea's staying power. The recent opening of Pace Gallery's 75,000 sq ft headquarters, designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, cements the powerhouse's presence in the city's...

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Calder's black steel meets the white cube at a new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Related Press Calder's black steel meets the white cube at a new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Times : 30 October 2018

The stark white room is punctuated by abstract black forms — jagged, organic, dramatic and playful — that sprout up from the floor or dangle languidly from the ceiling. Glimpsed out of the corner of your eye, they shift ever so slightly as you walk down the long gallery space, a former bank building. Around each corner, a new...

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Calder’s Sculptures Come Alive Related Press Calder’s Sculptures Come Alive The New Yorker : 3 July 2017

In the summer of 1922, Alexander Calder was twenty-three and doing a stint as a merchant marine. One morning made a cosmic impression. As he later described it, 'over my couch—a coil of rope—I saw the beginning of a fiery red sunrise on one side and the moon looking like a silver coin on the other.' The story has all the elements of a...

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When It Comes to Calder, the Same Piece Is Always Different Related Press When It Comes to Calder, the Same Piece Is Always Different The New York Times : 8 June 2017

No artist of the last century had a greater gift for wordplay than Marcel Duchamp, and he had a killer pun ready when he visited the American sculptor Alexander Calder's studio one fall day in 1931. Calder had been experimenting with new, abstract compositions, made of painted wood and equipped with small motors that made balls oscillate or...

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In Video & Audio

Alexander Calder’s Outdoor Mobiles and Stabiles at Hauser & Wirth Somerset Related Video & Audio Alexander Calder’s Outdoor Mobiles and Stabiles at Hauser & Wirth Somerset Hauser & Wirth : 22 May 2018

Unfolding across all five gallery spaces, this major solo exhibition Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky features almost 100 works including large-scale outdoor pieces which are set within the gardens of Durslade Farm.Five stabiles and a standing mobile bridge the link between the works on view in the galleries and the surrounding...

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Alexander Calder’s Roxbury home Related Video & Audio Alexander Calder’s Roxbury home Hauser & Wirth : 10 May 2018

Alexander S. C. Rower, Calder Foundation president and grandson of the artist, introduces From the Stony River to the Sky, a major solo exhibition of works by Alexander Calder (1898–1976) on view at Hauser & Wirth Somerset through 9 September 2018.Alexander Calder’s direct and innovative approach runs through every aspect of his oeuvre, from...

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A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Hauser & Wirth : 8 May 2018

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton,...

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