motion: the art of movement



Laments of an Icarus

The paramours of courtesans
Are well and satisfied, content.
But as for me my limbs are rent
Because I clasped the clouds as mine.

I owe it to the peerless stars
Which flame in the remotest sky
That I see only with spent eyes
Remembered suns I knew before.

In vain I had at heart to find
The center and the end of space.
Beneath some burning, unknown gaze
I feel my very wings unpinned

And, burned because I beauty loved,
I shall not know the highest bliss,
And give my name to the abyss
Which waits to claim me as its own.  

Charles Baudelaire 

Images:  Ludovic Florent -  Poussières d’étoiles (Stardust) 

The motion of Alexander Calder’s Red Sticks (c. 1943) is variable. When activated, the work’s components create X’s in the air, passing each other by and tricking the eye with foreshortening so that the piece looks nearly unrecognizable from one moment to the next. Although the wooden dowels seem to move around a central axis, the strings that hold them together are subtly staggered, causing the wingspan of the work to expand and contract. See it as part of Calder: Hypermobility, on view through October 23.

[© 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]


“Just as one can compose colors, or forms, so one can compose motions.“
Alexander Calder

Don’t miss the must-see exhibition Calder: Hypermobility, which The New York Times called "a high-spirited showcase.” On view through Monday only, the exhibition features major examples of Alexander Calder’s work—from early motor-driven abstractions to hanging mobiles.

We’re looking forward to Calder: Hypermobility, opening this Friday. The dynamic exhibition will focus on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. Whitney members see it first during special preview days this Wednesday and Thursday.

[Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Aspen, 1948. Sheet metal, rod, lead, and paint, 38 × 25 × 31 in. (96.5 × 63.5 × 78.7 cm). Calder Foundation, New York. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

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Last week I was able to attend a live orchestra of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It was one of the best experiences of my life. As always, I had a pocket sized sketchbook on hand…

Happy sketching everyone~