Thursday, May 4, 2017

THE "CALDER MONUMENTAL" EXHIBIT AT THE DENVER BOTANICAL GARDENS


My niece, Elan Gentry, invited us to a private reception for the opening of "CALDER: MONUMENTAL" at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Her partner, Sandy Rower, on the right, is president of the Calder Foundation in New York City.  Sandy is the grandson of America's most famous sculptor, Alexander Calder.

The Denver Botanical Gardens are a fabulous setting to display sculptures from one of America's most important artists. The gardens are truly one of Denver's most iconic places!

Sandy had to be convinced to participate in this exhibition as he is involved in many other exhibitions around the world. The original idea for "Calder in the Denver Botanical Gardens" originated over seven years ago. A friend of Sandy Rower, Alfred Pacquement, is the guest curator for the exhibit. Mr. Pacquemont, shown next to Elan above, is the former director of the Musee National d' Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The majority of the sculptures were loaned by the Calder Foundation.

Sandy speaks about the exhibition to the invited guests next to a gigantic 17' 10" untitled 1976 sculpture in steel.
The Calder Foundation with a staff of 14 people is a nonprofit institution incorporated in 1987 to secure, classify, and maintain the Estate of Alexander Calder and to preserve the integrity of his life and work. The Foundation is charged with several major goals, including organizing and maintaining the Calder archive, collaborating on publications and exhibitions on the artist, authenticating works attributed to Calder, and most importantly, preparing the catalogue raisonné, which currently documents over 22,000 objects.

Iconic sculptures and beautiful gardens are a perfect combination for visual delight! 

Marla is next to Sandy Rower's cousin who is wearing an unusual Calder necklace. The sculpture in the lake is "6 dots over a Mountain" from 1956.

A perfect setting.

We loved walking in the beautiful gardens to see the sculptures in the cool evening air.

"A Two-Faced Guy" made in 1956.

"CALDER: MONUMENTAL" at The Denver Botanic Gardens is a must for out-of-state visitors and locals alike. It runs from April 28 to September 24.


Sandy Rower has been intimately involved in a number of recent fascinating exhibitions. He is shown with another "grandson", Joan Punyet Miro, the grandson of Joan Miro at the Calder & Miro "CONSTELLATIONS" exhibit. Alexander Calder and Joan Miro first met in Paris in 1928 and remained friends their whole lives.

To display them together, however, posed nearly insuperable challenges. Marc Glimcher, whose family-owned Pace Gallery represents the Calder estate, joined Acquavella Galleries — which, with the backing of Sotheby’s, acquired the holdings of the Pierre Matisse Gallery (including 550 MirĂ³ oil paintings) after Matisse’s death in 1989 — to exhibit the two together.

Elan Gentry and Fairfax Dorn at the Pace Gallery opening of "Calder/Miro Constellations."
 Two grandsons curate a tribute to their famous grandfathers at the Almine Rech Gallery in 2016, Picasso and Calder, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander (Sandy) Rower.

Watch Sandy Rower talk about his grandfather's fascination with the circus:



Images: Calder Foundation, Dick Gentry, New York Times, Artnet

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