The good folks at Patrick Seguin recently released some imagery from their latest exhibition that started on Saturday titled ‘CALDER | PROUVÉ’, which will run until November 2nd, 2013. Sculptors haven’t really featured here that often, but when I do pick one out they always bring something unique and different to the table. One artist that has been on the blog in the past is Alexander Calder, and my office is littered with books revolving around the man. I think what I admire about Calder is his original thinking, also for being quite stubborn and pushing through all the boundaries that had been set before him. He basically just followed his own path and developed onwards from there, something that I’ve always looked up to and have vowed to do myself.
Obviously if you’ve not read up on Calder before I’d recommend you to do so first, to be honest there’s lots of content out there and the amount of exhibitions involving his work is quite extraordinary. I’m not someone who gets out as much as I would like, but I’ve seen his work a fair bit on my travels, a vivid moment took place many years back when the Tate in London showcased quite a wide variety of his works. At the time I was just an young creative looking for ‘a way’, so I wasn’t exactly sure what these mobiles and stabiles were, but I knew they fascinated me and I took an instant liking. After reading up and spending far too much time in the gallery space I purchased a few books and started to imitate Alexander Calder, specifically his wire works. I find this sort of process gives you that special appreciation for the work, when you try to reinterpret in the hope that it might guide you down a path somewhere, it becomes apparent quite quickly that they have far more talent than one might think from your first initial impression.
The concept of this specific exhibition is a collaboration between the Gagosian in Paris and Galerie Patrick Seguin. It’s interesting to find out that Calder and Prouvé met in the early 1950s, and corresponded regularly between Calder’s frequent trips to Paris, exchanging ideas on architecture and sculpture. In 1958, Calder collaborated with Prouvé to construct the steel base of La Spirale, a monumental mobile for the UNESCO site in Paris. Calder later gave Prouvé two mobiles—as well as a gouache with a dedication. Considered together, these works testify to the fruitful exchange between two giants of Modernism. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this imagery above and below and they’ll give you an idea of what the exhibition is like. To find out more I’d recommend reading through the Gagosian Gallery dedicated exhibition webpage, or try visiting yourself if you’re in the city over the next few months.