Calder at Hauser & Wirth.
Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. His exploration and innovation in the field of sculpture, installation and mobiles revolutionized the art form. While he was not the first to use movement in sculpture, he was the first to incorporate the use of a fourth dimension, time, in sculpture, with such elegance and intelligence. By making his pieces mobile, alive in movement and ever-changing in relation to the viewer, his work took on an ephemeral quality, and lead to a lasting shift in the practice. Hauser & Wirth is a Swiss art gallery focused on modern and contemporary artists. One of their three locations in Somerset, UK is home to three beautiful gallery spaces, a restaurant and gardens, landscaped by Piet Oudolf. This exhibition boasts over 100 of Calder’s works, most of which have never been shown in England. Two gallery spaces are dedicated to the artists personal objects he created in his summer home in Roxbury, Connecticut, such as a chess set, chairs, and tables. His wife, Louisa, also has some of her jewellery on display in the space, showing us the gifts Calder handcrafted for friends and family. Large-scale mobiles will be on display in the gardens, as well as some of his paintings from the 1940’s and 1950’s. On display until the 9th of September 2018.