alexander calder: the paris years 1926-33 was exhibited at the pompidou centre in paris this summer. i wanted to see it while i was there, but seeing as there was a 3 hour wait to get in, and no wait to see kandinsky, we opted for the latter. you can imagine my excitement when i arrived in toronto for the holidays and learned that the same exhibit was at the art gallery of ontario. victoria and i (and marnie) eagerly pushed through the masses of king tut fans to find a very dynamic yet concise presentation of calders work. his acute abilities with caricature through the medium of wire is striking.
the focal point seemed to be calders mini circus, made between 1926 and 1931 by the artist. it was performed internationally for decades, and drew much attention to the artist (especially in paris) and lead him to develop life-changing friendships with artists like mondrian, miró and man ray.