Calder / Miro
April 20 — June 30, 2017 and April 20 — May, 26, 2017
Two Modernists whose influence on painting and sculpture still endures rapid artistic trends and production methods are subject to a conjoint exhibition helmed by Pace Gallery and Acquavella Galleries. Alexander Calder and Joan Miró did not collaborate or engage in artistic exchange throughout their careers; however, their scientific and investigative approaches to art making contain undeniable parallels. Constellations put works by two artists into a continent-spanning dialogue, studying the similarities in style and context in works by two artists.
Echoing the geographic separation between Mirò, who spent most of his artistic career in Spain and Paris, and Calder, who achieved prominence in New York, the exhibition builds a bridge between Chelsea and Upper East Side. Calder’s moving sculptures in geometric forms and energetic presence are on view at Pace Gallery in Chelsea, while vibrant and night sky-like paintings of Miró are installed at Acquavella Galleries in uptown. Neither Calder nor Miró intended to name his work “constellation”; however, the undeniable unity their work illustrates in terms of grasping the socio-political pulse of their times marks two exhibitions as noteworthy.
"This exhibition will be a landmark, both in our history of documenting the achievements of Alexander Calder and in our long and productive relationship with the Acquavella Galleries. The two artists tapped into a powerful artistic current, which allowed them to create these unique but resonant series, while they were totally isolated from each other. Similarly, we and the Acquavellas share a passion to use our galleries to help advance, share and further the understanding of some of the greatest accomplishments in the history of 20th century art,” notes Marc Glimcher, the director of Pace Gallery about their collaboration with the Upper East Side gallery. "