Seattle Balancing Act – Alexander Calder’s Mobiles

You just have 3 more days to see this Alexander Calder exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, but you can also see at least one Calder work in the Museum’s sculpture garden all year ’round.

This exhibition of America’s most prolific public-art artist is mostly mounted from the collection of a single private collector, which makes it all the more remarkable — so much so that Julian Calder, the artist’s grandson and head of the Calder Foundation in New York City chose to comment on its uniqueness.

Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976:
Alexander Calder made gigantic mobiles and kinetic art all the way down to diminutive maquette pieces. There are some of all sizes in the exhibition as well as works on paper and even jewelry pieces.

This exhibition offers viewers a sense of the interest and range of Alexander Calder’s work from 1927 through the mid-1970s. More than forty original works of art—many of them are from Jon and Mary Shirley’s extensive collection, which is rarely seen by the public—trace the development and amazing creativity of the American master sculptor. They emphasize the particular depth in his most celebrated period, the late 1940s.

The exhibition “Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act” is complemented by a related exhibition of photographs showing the artist at work, organized with the help of the Calder Foundation.

You can also see a little on the video: Alexander Calder Seattle Art Museum Introduction.

Video 2: Alexander Calder in World War II
Mr. Shirley explains why Calder had to use different materials during WWII.

Video 3: Why are Alexander Calder’s tiniest works so tiny? Alexander Calder and Scale

The Seattle Art Museum updated their photo policy; visitors can take pictures in the collection galleries, but be aware of signs to the contrary, especially in visiting exhibitions!

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm
10/15/2009 through 04/11/2010

$7/Students (with ID)
Youth (13-19)

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle
(206) 654-3100
Seattle Art Museum

Alexander Calder Exhibition

Olympic Sculpture Park
The Olympic Sculpture Park has transformed a 9 acre industrial site into an open green space of creativity. It is found along the waterfront. An innovative Z-shaped path connects four distinctive landscapes – Valley, Grove, Meadows and Shore. The garden’s highlights include: a glass-and-steel pavilion, sculpted gardens filled with native plants and original sculptures by notable artists such as Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.

Sunday-Saturday Dawn to Dusk
Admission: Free Admission
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue, Seattle
(206) 654-3100
Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park

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