Organized by Lynne Warren for the MCA Chicago: Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy.
Stylistic analysis has always served artists like Calder poorly. The work was hybrid, perhaps unclassifiably so: what kind of constructivist fixates on animals and plants as opposed to machines? What kind of biomorphic sculptor seriously ponders astronomy and physics? How can a sculptor answer to both constructivist and biomorphic imperatives at all? But strong misreadings are always useful. For perhaps Calder’s “failure,” perhaps his “waywardness,” is what is most radical about his work, today—when paradigms such as constructivism and abstraction, surrealism and biomorphism, have faded from hegemony.
The show has work by Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook.
On view in Chicago through October 17th, the exhibition travels to the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, Calif.), and the Nasher Museum at Duke University (Durham, N.C.).