Tate Modern presents the UK’s largest ever exhibition of Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Calder was one of the truly ground-breaking artists of the 20th century and, as a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, played an essential role in shaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture brings together approximately 100 works to reveal how Calder turned sculpture from a static object into a continually changing work to be experienced in real time. Alexander Calder initially trained as an engineer before attending painting courses at the Arts Students League in New York. He travelled to Paris in the 1920s where he developed his wire sculptures and by 1931 had invented the mobile, a term first coined by Marcel Duchamp to describe Calder’s motorised objects.
16 September – 12 December 2015
Review by Jesc Bunyard
What role does philanthropy and private art collections have upon contemporary art? Philanthropists have founded many cities’ public collections, including Sheffield’s. In the 1930’s JG Graves worked with the city of Sheffield in order to create a new gallery and library. His financial contributions and his personal collection created an intellectual space for the people.
The Royal Academy of Art July – 27 September 2015 In July 2015, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of works by American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972). Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust will offer an overview of the artist’s inventive oeuvre, surveying around 80 of Cornell’s remarkable box constructions, assemblages, collages and films. …