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Calder / Smith @ Hauser & Wirth


© Calder Foundation,
New York / 2017,
ProLitteris, Zurich

© Calder Foundation, New York / 2017, ProLitteris, Zurich
Courtesy of the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth
© The Estate of David Smith
Courtesy of the Estate and Hauser & Wirth 

© The Estate of
David Smith

All Individual works &
Installation views,
Hauser & Wirth


September 1, 2017 

2-TIMES  Art
Alexander Calder

David Smith
@ Hauser & Wirth,

Challenging the 
assumption that 
mass was essential 
to sculpture.

The exhibition: 
explores Calder
& Smith's mutual
resolution to test
the limitations of
traditional sculpture
and redefine the
parameters of
abstraction in
three dimensions.

Hauser & Wirth's
spotlights both
intimate and large-
scale works across
four decades and
illuminates how,
over the course of
their careers, both
artists asked many
of the same questions
that challenged the
assumptions of what
sculpture could be,
but answered them
with wildly different
solutions in pursuit
of their own personal
aesthetic identities. 

(1898 – 1976).
The ingenious
extrovert who
commanded the
Parisian avant-
garde and set
the simplicity
of abstraction
in motion. 

(1906 – 1965).
The man of iron
isolated on a
mountaintop, a
constructor of
enigmatic, wildly
diverse ciphers
who gave three-
dimensional form
to the Abstract

On view at: 
Hauser & Wirth, Zürich 

Limmatstrasse 270,
8005 Zürich, Switzerland. 

September 16, 2017.


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visual language of painting and drawing – use of line, two-dimensional planes and colour – and, blurring the
boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture,