Expect to see an array of whimsical, avant-garde, and wearable works of art later this month, as London’s Louisa Guinness Gallery brings together all major jewellery pieces of Alexander Calder from around the world. The Boldness of Calder, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s jewellery hosted by London’s Louisa Guinness Gallery, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, will run from September 27 to November 5.
Arguably one of the first artists to introduce the concept of “wearable art”, Calder did not involve any form of soldering in his creations, but instead made use of hammering and bending techniques. With silver, brass, and gold, he created masterpieces using shapes such as wavy lines, spirals, and zigzags.
Unconventional and truly unique, Calder produced works that tested boundaries of art and fashion. In collaboration with fashion designer Elise Overland and photographer Alexander English, Louisa Guinness Gallery included a series of images of Calder jewellery on well-known female figures such as Simone de Beauvoir, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Peggy Guggenheim. These women “were some of the most forward thinking and unconventional” figures in the arts — a true reflection of Calder’s revolutionary work.
Alexander Calder, The Boldness of Calder
Louisa Guinness Gallery, London
27 September – 5 November 2016