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Culture Fix: All I Want For Christmas Are Kinetic Shadows by Calder

I’m obsessed with the play between lights and shadows, as well as kinetic sculptures and the abstraction of motion in general. So I’m especially excited by this exquisite exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan entitled “Calder Shadows,” which is on view through this Saturday.

“Sculptor, painter, illustrator, printmaker and designer, the renowned American artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) was above all a master engineer of shifting lines and dancing shadows… “How can art be realized?” Calder asked. “Out of volumes, motion, spaces bounded by the great space, the universe…Not extractions, but abstractions. Abstractions that are like nothing in life except in their manner of reacting.”

This is a great chance to see such rare and beautiful work by one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Fortunately for those of us who can’t make it, there’s also a wonderful video of the installation for a virtual experience. I am personally going to spend the rest of the week dreaming that this is my room:

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Written by Nicole Casamento

Nicole Casamento is the founder of Culture Grinder.

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