A wonder of Curved space, Marvel at how lines bend, edges arc and shapes bow in the hands of Alexander Calder at a beautiful exhibition of his mobiles and other works.
This exhibit is being featured at LACMA’s Resnick Pavillion now through July 27, 2014.
If you like Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, you’ll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa.
As an artist Calder certainly wasn’t in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight.
After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire. He dropped humble metals for high-end silver and gold in order to craft bracelets, necklaces and brooches. And in the 1930s he hit his stride with the development of the mobile — suspended kinetic sculptures that drift on currents of air — eventually inspiring an entire commercial industry for the gurgling amusement of infants.
How could any of that be as serious as a modern theorem that revolutionized, well, just about everything — from the old philosophical belief in the possibility of absolute truth to conventional weaponry, which morphed into the apocalyptic power of the atom bomb?
‘Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic’
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
When: Through July 27. Closed Wednesdays.
Contact: (323) 857-6000, http://www.lacma.org
Story Courtesy of Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
December 17, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.