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Pace Gallery

Calder / Miró: Constellations

  • Alexander Calder
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    Alexander Calder, Constellation, 1943

Press for Calder / Miró: Constellations

Current Exhibitions at Pace Gallery


The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky

  • Julian Schnabel,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ego

  • DRIFT,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flares

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Nigel Cooke,
  • Opens: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 29, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 30, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Me, Myself and...

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unlights

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Paintings

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Nevada Test Site

  • Emmet Gowin,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

basis, 70s Drawings

  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One of My Ancestors

  • Li Songsong,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paste Papers

  • Yto Barrada,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plumb Line

  • Loie Hollowell,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 10 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere

  • Alexander Calder
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 10 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1940–1992

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Reception: May. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Source, Tau, Throwback

  • Tony Smith,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Curious

  • Richard Learoyd,
  • Opens: Apr. 03, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes

  • Raqib Shaw,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2019
  • Closes: May. 18, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The World According to

  • Rita Ackermann,
  • Forrest Bess,
  • Katherine Bradford,
  • Alexander Calder
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Celeste Dupuy-Spencer,
  • David Hockney,
  • Peter Hujar,
  • Alex Katz,
  • Koo Jeong,
  • Thomas Nozkowksi,
  • Arlene Shechet,
  • Alfred Stieglitz,
  • Opens: Feb. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmur

  • Kiki Smith,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classic Paintings

  • Adolph Gottlieb,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Duo Color

  • Wang Guangle,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Robert Whitman,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Navajo Blankets

  • Agnes Martin,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark Tobey

  • Mark Tobey,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America

  • JR,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings

  • Irving Penn,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Works

  • Zhang Xiaogang,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Ufan

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Afro Kismet

  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Théâtres de mémoire

  • Jean Dubuffet,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New “SCULPTURE/CONFIGURATIONS” [EXTENDED]

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 4 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Evolution [EXTENDED]

  • Michal Rovner,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

  • Yto Barrada,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Matter of Form

  • Barbara Hepworth,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Robert Ryman,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Principia Mathematica

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Alfred Jensen,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • James Siena,
  • Keith Tyson,
  • Leo Villareal,
  • Opens: Feb. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thomas Nozkowski

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black & White

  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Opens: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nothing Personal

  • Richard Avedon,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crossing Lines

  • Agnes Martin,
  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting in the '80s

  • Elizabeth Murray,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shelf Life

  • Claes Oldenburg,
  • Coosje van Bruggen,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ebb and Flow

  • Maya Lin,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ultra Subjective Space

  • teamLab,
  • Opens: Jul. 17, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Arrival of Spring

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Watercolors 1941–1947

  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: May. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Still Life

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper 2011 – 2013

  • Joel Shapiro,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Does Yellow Run Forever

  • Paul Graham,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculptures, Paintings, and Installations: 2004 - 2014

  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

100th Anniversary Exhibition

  • Saul Steinberg,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Richard Pousette-Dart

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wang Guangle

  • Wang Guangle,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Antoni Tàpies: 1923 - 2012

  • Antoni Tàpies,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Variations

  • Isamu Noguchi,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Collage and Assemblage

  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mao Yan

  • Mao Yan,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blackness in Abstraction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Ufan

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: May. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eureka

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cacophonous

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: Apr. 10, 2015
  • Closes: May. 09, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thomas Nozkowski

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Sculpture

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Centennial

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 18, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2015
  • Reception: May. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Album 2

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black Mimosa

  • Nigel Cooke,
  • Opens: Sep. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 17, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chuck Close: Recent Work

  • Chuck Close,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Yosemite Suite

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Paintings

  • Adrian Ghenie,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Let There be Light

  • Zhang Huan,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

67-68-69

  • James Turrell,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Into the Cool

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov,
  • Opens: Dec. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)

  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 11, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Work

  • Irving Penn,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Double Pendulum

  • Qiu Xiaofei,
  • Opens: Mar. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Palette

  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

GLASS

  • Maya Lin,
  • Kiki Smith,
  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On the Body

  • Random International,
  • Opens: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Plate Paintings

  • Julian Schnabel,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ceramics

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prabhavathi Meppayil

  • Prabhavathi Meppayil,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Calder / Miró: Constellations

  • Alexander Calder
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ebo River and Early Works

  • Keith Sonnier,
  • Opens: Nov. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thinker

  • Yoshitomo Nara,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Works

  • Kevin Francis Gray,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leo Villareal

  • Leo Villareal,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 - 2017

  • Robert Mangold,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Border Cantos

  • Richard Misrach,
  • Guillermo Galindo,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stain Paintings 1964 – 1966

  • John Hoyland,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York City, No-Name, Re-Do, Seductions

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 20 - Jun 30, 2017

  • Reception: Apr 19, 6 - 8pm

Where

Pace Gallery

  • 32 E 57th St, New York NY 10022 Map
  • 212.421.3292

About

Pace Gallery and Acquavella Galleries are pleased to announce "Calder / Miró: Constellations," featuring the Constellations series of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró, respectively. The distinct yet complementary presentations illuminate the startling affinities between the two artists, who at the time the series were created, were separated by the Atlantic during World War II and unable to communicate. Presenting approximately 60 sculptures, paintings and works on paper in dialogue with one another, these shows highlight the varied formal, social and political concerns that informed the significant series—neither of which were actually named "Constellations" by the artists themselves. Calder: Constellations will be on view from April 20 through June 30 at Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, and Miró: Constellations will be on view from April 20 through May 26 at Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th Street. A joint opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at both galleries.

"This exhibition will be a landmark, both in our history of documenting the achievements of Alexander Calder and in our long and productive relationship with the Acquavella Galleries," says Marc Glimcher. "The two artists tapped into a powerful artistic current, which allowed them to create these unique but resonant series, while they were totally isolated from each other. Similarly, we and the Acquavellas share a passion to use our galleries to help advance, share and further the understanding of some of the greatest accomplishments in the history of 20th century art."

Calder: Constellations examines Calder’s artistic output in the year 1943, with several key exceptions spanning 1942–1950. During a time when sheet metal was made scarce due to the war, Calder returned to wood—a medium he had used since the mid-1920s—as a primary material. Composed of carved biomorphic forms, sometimes painted in bright, monochromatic colors, and connected with steel wires, the majority of the Constellations are wall sculptures, with occasional standing or suspended works. James Johnson Sweeney and Marcel Duchamp proposed the term "Constellations" for these sculptures in early 1943, and they premiered at Pierre Matisse Gallery later that spring. Constituting a significant departure from the work for which Calder was already well known—the more recognizable hanging mobiles and stabiles that he exhibited regularly throughout the thirties and early forties—the Constellations were nonetheless infused with tangible energy and a sense of dynamism. Although small in scale, they share Calder’s expansive vision: "I was interested in the extremely delicate, open composition," the artist reminisced. Calder’s Constellations also offer insight into his preoccupation with space and our experience of it. With their carved elements projecting at varying angles off the wall at unexpected moments, they dictate their own height and perspective. The Constellations are mounted higher on the wall than paintings, hovering above us, seemingly defying gravity.

At Acquavella Galleries, Miró: Constellations reunites the 23 works from Miró’s Constellations series. Widely considered one of the crowning achievements of his career, the suite of gouaches was produced in the beginning years of the war, between January of 1940 and September of 1941—though it was not until 1958 that André Breton named them “Constellations." When Miró and his family fled France for Spain ahead of the German invasion in June of 1940, he took virtually nothing with him apart from the portfolio of his ten completed Constellations. Miró employed the same technique throughout the series, using oil wash to create a textured, hazy backdrop for his meticulously detailed motifs executed in gouache. Vibrant primary colors define elements like stars, eyes, crescent moons and ellipses, all connected by an interlacing web of thin black lines. With their harmonies of color and form, these works depict a private universe far removed from the turmoil and terror of the war, their poetic titles often alluding to themes of escape and regeneration.

"Since they were first exhibited at Pierre Matisse’s gallery in New York in early 1945, after having been smuggled out of Europe, the Constellations have been celebrated as one of the most powerful artistic statements of the 20th century," said Bill Acquavella. "We are delighted to present these works in dialogue with Calder’s Constellations and to have had the pleasure of collaborating with both artists’ grandsons and foundations in the planning of this exhibition."

Together, these exhibitions provide unique insight into how the austere climate of the war inspired both artists to produce iconic works. Longtime friends, the two met in Paris in 1928 and were regular fixtures of the Montparnasse arts scene, known to congregate at the legendary brasserie, La Coupole. The pair saw each other frequently and remained in close contact. When the war broke out in 1939, communication between the artists was disrupted, with Calder living in the United States and Miró in Europe. Remarkably, they created their respective seminal Constellations series in tandem with one another. In both cases, the expansive subject matter belied the circumstances of their origins, bearing witness to the artists’ resolve to defy external influence and preserve their creative freedom. Detached from the widespread devastation of that time, the Constellations are a testament to how an artist’s autonomy can manifest.

The joint exhibitions will be accompanied by a significant three-volume catalogue with texts by Margit Rowell, a former curator at The Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Centro de arte Reina Sofia and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, on Miró’s Constellations, and art historian and author Mildred Glimcher on Calder’s Constellations. The third volume will comprise an illustrated chronology of the two artists’ relationship during the war, while each was making his Constellations works.


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