Tag Archives: Alexander Calder

Smithsonian American Art Museum

IMG_9862.jpgElectronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii // Nam June Paik // forty-nine-channel closed-circuit video installation, neon, steel & electronic components

Located in the heart of our nation’s capital is an art museum dedicated to acquiring and exhibiting American art. Known as SAAM, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has an extensive collection of works including early America, the 19th and 20th centuries and portraiture, to name a few. Here are a few that caught my eye.

IMG_9884.jpgSnails Space with Vari-Lites, “Painting as Performance” // David Hockney // oil & acrylic on canvas with Vari Lights // 1995-1996

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Drag-on // Karin Davie // oil on canvas // 1999

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Sculpture Group Symbolizing World’s Communication in the Atomic Age // Harry Bertoia // brazed & welded brass & bronze // 1959

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Nenuphar // Alexander Calder // sheet steel // 1968

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William Jefferson Clinton (Forty-second president) // Chuck Close // oil on canvas // 2006

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Tableau Noir // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1970 // 140 x 145 x 140 in

Hirshhorn

IMG_0102.jpgAs one of the many museums located on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden showcases masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. The circular building, which includes an interior courtyard, was designed by the famed architect Gordon Bunshaft. With artists ranging from Ron Mueck, Hamish Fulton and Ed Ruscha, these were a few of my favorites.

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IMG_0016Untitled (Big Man) // Ron Mueck // pigmented polyester resin on fiberglass // 2000

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Bust of Diego on a Stele II // Alberto Giacometti // bronze // 1958

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Woman // Willem de Kooning // oil paint on wood // 1965

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Window // Gerhard Richter // oil paint on canvas // 1968

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Moonrise Kent England, 30 September 1985 // Hamish Fulton // paint and vinyl on wall // 1985

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From Continent to Continent // Mario Merz // steel, glass, neon, clay & metal cables // 1985

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The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire // Ed Ruscha // oil paint on canvas // 1965-1968

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Fish // Alexander Calder // metal, paint, wire, plastic, wood, glass & ceramic // 1944

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Untitled // Jannis Kounellis // stone & plaster fragments // 1980

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Untitled // Robert Gober // plywood, iron, plaster, latex, paint & lights // 2003

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Still Life with Spirit and Xitle // Jimmie Durham // car, volcanic stone & acrylic paint // 2007

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Outdoor Sculpture @ the Getty

erere.jpgSpiny Top, Curly Bottom // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1963

White travertine buildings coupled with the Los Angeles skyline provide a unique backdrop for a sculpture garden. Surrounding the Central Garden at the Getty Center is a collection of sculptures by artists such as Robert Adams, Alexander Calder and Barbara Hepworth. Here are a few of my favorites.

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The Jousters // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1963

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Walking Flower // Fernand Léger // glassed ceramic // designed 1952-1953; cast 1982-1983

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Untitled // Joel Shapiro // copper // 1982 – 1985

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Gandydancer’s Dream // Mark di Suvero // painted steel // 1988

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Figure for Landscape // Barbara Hepworth // bronze // designed 1960; cast 1968

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Delusions of Grandeur // René Magritte // bronze // 1967

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Two // Robert Adams // stainless steel // 1977

LACMA Outside

fullsizerender-36Primal Palm Garden // Robert Irwin // Photograpbys by Philipp Scholz Rittermann

When thinking of outdoor art at LACMA “Urban Lights” and “Levitation” comes to mind. But lets make sure we don’t forget the other wonders you can find outside the museum walls such as the large Alexander Calder fountain “Three Quintains (Hello Girls) and Robert Irwin’s “Primal Palm Garden,” (which you can also see in photographs by Philipp Scholz Rittermann inside LACMA’s Ahmanson Building). But perhaps the most intriguing, the white and black square that reads “Like, Man, I’m Tired (of Waiting). Maybe it relates to the long wait to see “Rain Room”? You tell me.

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Three Quintains (Hello Girls) // Alexander Calder // 1964 // sculpture // sheet metal, paint, motor // Overall: 275 x 288 in

Louisiana Museum of Art

IMG_7231With a breathtaking view of the Oresund Sound, the Louisiana Museum of Art is worth the visit. Upon entering the grounds you can decide if you would like to enter the museum or wander through the sculpture park. However, these two decisions are not mutually exclusive. The glass walls of the museum allow you to see the sculptures outside when you are in the museum and if you are outside, you can view the paintings hanging on the wall. The museum incorporates nature in a minimalistic fashion that elegantly showcases Danish architectural styles.

IMG_7035Reclining Figure No. 5 (Seagram) // Henry Moore // 1963-1964

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Phases of Nothingness // Nobu Sekine // 1970

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The Gate in the Gorge // Richard Serra // 1986

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 Almost Snow Plow (L) // 1964-1976 & Nervures Minces (R) // 1983 // Alexander Calder