Calder on Paper: 1960 – 1976, is an exhibition presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London until 8 December 2017.
American artist Alexander Calder is one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the twentieth century. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, a kinetic construction of suspended abstract elements that describe individual movements, moving and balancing in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculptures on a grand scale from bolted sheets of steel, many of which stand in public plazas in cities throughout the world. This exhibition shows yet another side of the prolific artist.
Partly inspired by his friend Joan Miró, the artist developed a passion for gouaches early in his career, appreciating the ease at which he could work with this medium while combining his passion for drawing and eye for colour and form. Seemingly simple and often abstract in nature, Calder’s gouaches reveal a mastery of line, solid balance of composition and predilection for primary colors, all of which translated into vibrant pieces shown in this exhibition.
Calder has been the subject of dozens of exhibitions at museums worldwide, including retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (1943), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1964), Whitney Museum of American Art (1976), and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1998), as well as major exhibitions at museums including Museo Guggenheim Bilbao; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’Art Moderne, Paris; The Detroit Institute of Art; Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Basel and many more.