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.
“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 Timescalled "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.