SFMOMA: Alexander Calder


Alexander Calder
Wooden Bottle with Hairs, 1943
Wood and wire
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 50th anniversary gift of the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation, Inc.
© 2006 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The Surreal Calder: an exhibition at the
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Friday, March 03, 2006 - Sunday, May 21, 2006

Living and working in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, Alexander Calder was naturally influenced by the burgeoning surrealist movement, and some of its most prominent voices — including Joan Miró, André Breton, and Jean Arp — became his close friends and associates. In recent decades, however, Calder’s relationship with Surrealism has been all but forgotten. Presenting rarely seen pieces from the Calder Foundation as well as a sampling of works by Calder’s surrealist peers, this exhibition recasts the artist and his work in their original context. The resulting showcase highlights the wit, inventiveness, and improvisation at the heart of Calder’s art and rooted in the legacy of Surrealism.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415.357.4000
Fax: 415.357.4037

Map and directions

Catalogue: The Surreal Calder
This 156-page catalogue includes an essay by organizing curator Mark Rosenthal of The Menil Collection and a comprehensive chronology developed with materials from the Calder Foundation archives. Hardcover available for $45.00 in the MuseumStore.

Links of interest:
http: //www.sfmoma.org
http: //www.calder.org

Found online at:
http://store.yahoo.com/sfmoma/surrealcalder2.html