On View: Alexander Calder’s Sculptural Jewelry

The artist known for creating the mobile had a knack for baubles, too.

Alexander English
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Alexander Calder defined his artistic philosophy in a single statement: “People think monuments should come out of the ground, never out of the ceiling, but mobiles too can be monumental.” Calder, arguably the mobile innovator, was responsible for introducing new dimension to sculpture: space. With space, came movement. With movement, came shape. Calder employed this same ingenuity to create jewelry, resulting in a similarly distinct aesthetic. However concerned he was with the interaction between material and space, Calder was equally intrigued by the relationship between jewelry and wearer, accessorizing women such as art patron Peggy Guggenheim, French writer Simone de Beauvoir, and painter Georgia O’Keeffe.

From September 27 to November 5, Louisa Guinness Gallery, a London exhibition space that showcases jewelry by artists, presents a collection of the artist’s wearable creations in the new show The Boldness of Calder. “The show is a must-see, especially if you’re already in town for the Spring/Summer shows” says DEPARTURES contributor, Candy Pratts Price. Here, Price’s 11 favorite items from the 25 on view.

45 Conduit St.; 44-20/ 7494-4664; louisaguinnessgallery.com.