02 JUL 2019
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor at the NGV
The most impressive Calder work we've seen in our travels is in Chicago, "Flamingo" (1974). It's not traditionally attractive but it's definitely memorable and like great art, the more you find out about the artist and their work, the more it grows on you.
It's set amongst several great works of architecture by Mies van der Rohe – the red sculpture against black buildings is the centrepiece of the city we think.
Of course "Flamingo" is too large to travel but the series of works at Melbourne's NGV we saw last week carefully survey the ouevre of Alexander Calder in depth, offering a cross section of work across periods and mediums. We loved the absolutely miniature sculptures he created at a very young age – dogs and wire animals which hint at the sympathy he had for form and movement.
The mobiles are the most loved of his works, studying colour and organic movement with delicate suspension. His radically inventive artworks have been added to the collections of many museums and he is represented in other key civic spaces including New York, Seattle and Kansas City.
The Alexander Calder exhibition is on at the NGV until August 4.
More inspiration you might like
New Zealand Collection – Preview Event
Delicious cocktails mixed well with iconic furniture at the gallery last night!READ MORE
New Zealand Modern Collection | Opens October 17, 2019
Join us to celebrate our third annual New Zealand Collection!READ MORE
The Lines and Forms of Richard Neutra
A few years ago we were lucky enough to have a holiday in California and of course we had to head over to Palm Springs for some architecture tourism.READ MORE
Celebrating 100 Years of Hans Olsen
Mr. Bigglesworthy is proud to celebrate the work of legendary Danish designer Hans Olsen. We look back through our collecting history and reflect on some new developments from his range of classic furniture from Warm Nordic.READ MORE