December 17, 2013 |
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa. As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight. After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire.
June 14, 1998 |
Sunday "L.A. Lifeguards" / 6 p.m. TBS "Baywatch" star Mike Newman narrates this look at the real-life inspiration for the long-running series. Among L.A. County's elite corps of 600 seasonal lifeguards are eager rookies and 32-year veteran Mel Solberg, as well as husband-and-wife lifeguards and lifeguards with second jobs: an ER physician, a history teacher and a performance artist.
April 17, 2006 |
Too much often is made of biography in attempts to pinpoint origins of an artist's work, but in the case of Alexander Calder, known for his mobiles, "stabiles" and kinetic works made of wire, sheet metal and other materials, tracing biography feels like watching destiny unfold.
December 12, 2001 |
Thirty feet below an onramp to the New Jersey Turnpike, Victoria Leacock balanced atop a mound of charred and twisted steel. Out of the millions of tons of World Trade Center debris, this pile at a temporary storage yard is Leacock's personal crusade. "Is this OK?" she wondered, aiming her camera to document every wavy piece. "I'm walking on art."
March 6, 2011 |
In terms of legacy, Calder is the Hemingway of the art world. His work is so popular, accessible and deceptively easy that the most au courant scholars tend to pass it over, and other artists don't always own up to its influence. "It's almost like Calder is invisible because he's so ubiquitous," says L.A.-based artist Jason Meadows, who used to walk by one of his massive public sculptures as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. "When I was getting educated into the world of fine art, Abstract Expressionist painters were really hot and I got really charmed by Pop Art. Calder wasn't someone you would think about.
January 23, 1990 |
An Alexander Calder mobile with a $1.4-million price tag has been stolen from a Manhattan gallery, authorities said today. The 30-pound mobile, "White Flag," was stolen at 6 p.m. Sunday from Perls Galleries on the Upper East Side, police said. The gallery owner, Klaus Perls, discovered the burglary Monday morning. Perls, 78, was Calder's exclusive agent for 22 years, until the artist died in 1976. Police said the burglars entered the six-story building through a skylight.