From May 1–September 12, 2015, Pulitzer Arts Foundation presented Calder Lightness, a pristine exhibition underscoring Alexander Calder’s profound impact on the sculptural medium through his iconic large-scale hanging mobiles, early stabiles, and standing mobiles, as well as his less familiar constellations. Guest curated by Carmen Giménez, known for her historic, 2003 exhibition Calder: Gravity and Grace at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, it featured sixteen pivotal works, presented in the Pulitzer’s spacious, light-filled upper level galleries. Installed to create for the viewer a full sensory experience of the artist’s master synthesis of line, brilliance, gravity, and movement, the exhibition highlighted Calder’s distinct ability to effect spatial transformation through his seminal biomorphic abstractions.
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Although Alexander Calder’s creative activity lasted for more than half a century and took the form of an overlapping succession of different periods within a single career, it is especially exciting to look back at the moment when the artist found his true path. This happened, as is well known, towards the beginning of the thirties, when he reduced anecdotal figurative references to a minimum, extended the use of shaped metal to the maximum, and one day, in response to a growing realization, set his fragile artifacts in flight. His wise and elegant configuration permitted a dialectic with the air never hitherto seen, taking advantage of the environmental effects of the atmosphere itself.
[excerpted from the exhibition catalogue; please click here for complete essay]