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Nasher Sculpture Center Presents Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: From, Balance, Joy
Nasher Sculpture Center
December 11, 2010 to March 6, 2011

The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to present Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: From, Balance, Joy from December 11, 2010 to March 6, 2011. The exhibition brings together over 30 sculptures spanning Calder’s career with the work of seven contemporary artists whose practices are bound to Calder’s legacy as modern sculptor. While a well-known, even beloved figure, Calder has not previously been considered an important point of reference for contemporary artists. This is the first exhibition to explore Calder’s significance for an emerging generation of sculptors, reconsidering his influence and his innovation through a presentation of his own work alongside the work of contemporary artists.

The seven contemporary artists in this exhibition—Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook—have taken important cues from Calder including a return to hands-on production, the creative reuse of materials, and explorations of form, balance, color, and movement. Combining rigorous concept with a renewed emphasis on formalism, the work of these artists prioritizes the visual and visceral qualities of sculpture. Both directly and indirectly influenced by Calder, all of the artists are looking towards modernist forms and ideas, challenging and recontextualizing what is for many a familiar art history.

“Alexander Calder’s Spider is one of the most beloved sculptures in the Nasher Collection,” said Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center. “It will be great to see this work and others by Calder now providing inspiration for a new generation of artists, who are discovering within his sculptural inventions novel ways to make art.”

The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated, 168 page catalogue featuring an overview by MCA Curator Lynne Warren and an essay by noted art historian Brooke Kamin Rapaport investigating a new area of Calder scholarship focusing on the artist’s creative reuse of everyday materials as a particular inspiration to the current generation of sculptors. The catalogue will also include short essays examining each of the younger artists.

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.  The exhibition is sponsored by The Northern Trust Company.  Lead foundation support is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Chicago Community Trust. Major support for the exhibition is generously provided by The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation.  Additional generous support is provided by Margot and George Greig, Anne and Burt Kaplan, Ruth Horwich, The Broad Art Foundation, Gagosian Gallery, Lindy Bergman, Helyn Goldenberg, Sara Szold, and The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

About the Nasher Sculpture Center

Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is dedicated to the display and study of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Center is located on a 2.4-acre site in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.  Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1998, is the architect of the Center’s 55,000-square-foot building. Piano worked in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker on the design of the two-acre sculpture garden.

The Nasher Sculpture Center was the longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, who together formed one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection includes masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others, and continues to grow and evolve.

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections.  In addition to indoor gallery space, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and a store.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and until 11 pm for special events.  General Admission to the Center is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for members and children 12 and under.  For more information, visit www.NasherSculptureCenter.org.

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