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“From the Stony River to the Sky” works by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) at Hauser & Wirth Somerset



The majority of works have never before been exhibited in the UK. Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by and known primarily for his invention of the mobile, Calder created a prolific oeuvre that extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewellery, furniture and domestic objects. The exhibition runs through all five gallery spaces at Hauser & Wirth Somerset with almost 100 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works set within the gardens at Durslade Farm. Among the most recognisable of Calder’s works in the exhibition are the mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles, as well as oil paintings from the 1940s and 1950s. Culminating with several largescale works installed indoors, including a huge intermediate maquette for ‘La Grande vitesse’, his commission for the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1969. These sculptures bridge a link to the surrounding gardensat Durslade Farm, where five stabiles and a standing mobile are on view, among them ‘Funghi Neri’, created for the XI Triennale di Milano in 1957, and ‘Polygons on Triangles’, 1963.

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