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Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy


February 16 – June 17, 2012

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presented an exhibition that provided a fresh perspective on modern sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and his influence on a new generation of artists.

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art paired 32 master works by Calder with works by seven young artists: Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows and Jason Middlebrook. The Nasher Museum was the fourth and final venue for the exhibition, which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Visitors know and love Calder as the inventor of the mobile, and for his legacy as a modern sculptor. This was the first exhibition to explore Calder’s influence on an exciting new generation of artists. Visitors enjoyed a rare chance to see contemporary work side by side with that of Calder, to compare the creative use of materials to define space and explore form, balance, color and movement.

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The exhibition was sponsored by The Northern Trust Company. Lead foundation support was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Chicago Community Trust. Major support for the exhibition was generously provided by The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation. Additional generous support was 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.

Reproduction, including downloading of Alexander Calder works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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