Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Alexander Calder, "Alexander Calder '76: The Cutouts," February 14 - March 16, PaceWlldenstein, New York City, 2002

                     reverse side

back cover

A kind of odd catalogue devoted to a number of small late works that Calder (1989-1976) created in the year of his sudden death. I appreciate the way the design of the catalogue lets the works float in the white space of the page, on both sides
. But despite this, the works look flat. In a short text in the catalogue about these sculptures Mildren Glimcher notes how these works marked a shift from Calder's usual preoccupation with two and three dimensions in space, to one where "...the shapes dominate. They do not seem to have been engineered to move in space; they do not gesture but rather are pinned together, like collages, or the rectangles on Mondrian's studio wall." I think Glimcher correctly pinpoints the source of the rather lackluster affect of this otherwise interesting accordion catalogue. 

6 double-sided pages, individual pages 9.75" x 7.75", and when open 7' 9".

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