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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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(1898 - 1976), USA

Alexander Calder Biography

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.

Alexander Calder Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderUntitled, 1970Oil on canvas
74.9 x 108 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
London [maquette] by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderLondon [maquette], 1962Sheet metal, wire, and paint
88.9 x 114.3 x 25.4 cm
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Sword Plant by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderSword Plant, 1947Sheet metal, wire, and paint
97.8 x 78.7 x 72.4 cm
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Five White Against Five White by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderFive White Against Five White, 1973Painted metal and wire standing mobile
104.1 x 121.9 x 73.7 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Enquire about this work
Two black discs and six others by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderTwo black discs and six others, 1971Painted sheet metal and wire hanging mobile
81.9 x 124.4 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Untitled by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderUntitled, c. 1942Sheet metal, wire, and paint
13 1/2 x 8 x 6 inches
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Blue Counterweight Two Spines by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderBlue Counterweight Two Spines, 1975Painted metal with bronze
41.9 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm
de Sarthe Enquire about this work
Guirlandes by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork
Alexander CalderGuirlandes, 1975Mixed media on paper
29.53 x 43.31 inches
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Enquire about this work

Alexander Calder Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Small Format at Pace Gallery, New York
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13 February–19 March 2020 Group Exhibition Small Format Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, Calder at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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13 December 2019–9 February 2020 Alexander Calder Calder Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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

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Alexander Calder In Ocula Magazine

A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Diana d'Arenberg, Singapore

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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Alexander Calder In Related Press

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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 8 October 2019, Wallpaper*

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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The Surrealist artists who created jewel-sized masterpieces Related Press The Surrealist artists who created jewel-sized masterpieces 27 August 2019, The Jewellery Editor

The line between art and jewellery has become increasingly blurred since the 20th century, when modernist artists like Meret Oppenheim, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst and Man Ray began exploring the possibilities of miniature metalwork. These exciting experiments with form challenged the art world's status quo, producing uniquely arresting jewels with...

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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 30 October 2018, Los Angeles Times

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 surprise....

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

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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Alexander Calder 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 22 May 2018, Hauser & Wirth

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...

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

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,...

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

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22 nd 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...

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