Pick of the Week for May 21st, 2012
Alexander Calder is essential. A wonderful exhibition at L & M Arts in Venice handsomely makes the case for Calder’s continuing relevance, both historically and contemporaneously. Here then, a couple of reasons for Calder’s imminence and the urgency to witness, first hand at L & M, the playful and endlessly inspiring effect of a modern master.
Calder is our bridge connecting European surrealism to American “damn the torpedoes” Avant Garde. In this role, Calder grounds modern art in tradition while never genuflecting to it. Through invention and tireless serial investigation, Calder introduced several generations to the language of modernism.
He may very well have given birth to the concept of Public Art with a concentrated productivity in the last two decades of his life to major international commissions. My own personal introduction as a teenager to Calder was with the lyrical Flamingo installed in Chicago. The nuptials of art and architect were celebrated with this and other collaborations which facilitated scale and technology, till then, unused by practicing artists.
Lastly in this abbreviated list, Calder is a shinning example of how beauty and humor are not anathema to contemporary fine art dialogue. Quite the opposite in fact! Whimsy is an essential element of epiphany. Calder understood the balance. Within his vast oeuvre resides playfulness folded into abstraction; the intimate tangos with the monumental; and improvisational jazz is interdependent with form and structure.
Alexander Calder at L & M Arts continues through June 16th, 2012
-Mario M. Muller, Los Angeles, May 22nd, 2012
also by Mario M. Muller
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- Art Fair Season in Los Angeles - January 15th, 2014
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- Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen - September 13th, 2013