Alexander Calder / David Smith
12 Jun – 16 Sep 2017, Hauser & Wirth Zürich
Private view: Sunday 11 June, 6 – 8 pm
To coincide with Art Basel 2017, Hauser & Wirth Zürich presents an exhibition uniting two great figures of 20th- century American sculpture: Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) and David Smith (1906 – 1965). Realised in close collaboration with both the Calder Foundation and The Estate of David Smith, ‘Alexander Calder / David Smith’ explores the artists’ mutual resolution to test the limitations of traditional sculpture and redefine the parameters of abstraction in three dimensions. More than the simplified conceptions of the artists – Calder, the ingenious extrovert who commanded the Parisian avant-garde and set the simplicity of abstraction in motion; and Smith, the man of iron isolated on a mountain top, a constructor of enigmatic, wildly diverse ciphers who gave three-dimensional form to the Abstract Expressionist generation – the exhibition, enriched by the dialogue between these two modern masters, sheds light on the deeper complexities of their achievements. The presentation spotlights both intimate and large-scale works across four decades and illuminates how, over the course of their careers, both artists asked many of the same questions that challenged the assumptions of what sculpture could be, but answered them with wildly different solutions in pursuit of their own personal aesthetic identities.
On the occasion of this presentation, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will release ‘Alexander Calder & David Smith’, a new catalogue with texts by Elizabeth Hutton Turner and Sarah Hamill, as well as photographs by Ugo Mulas, who met both sculptors in Spoleto, Italy, in 1962, and continued to document them throughout his life.+info