Calder/Miró: Constellations

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8a95cb4999b8c10d3f95c013f3662dc4There are two small but enchanting shows at Acquavella Galleries and Pace Gallery. The Acquavella show, which I think should definitely be viewed first, presents all 23 of Miró’s hand-painted “Constellation” series (22 originals, including just one copy). Miró produced these exquisite works on paper in succession, between 1939 and 1941. Their beauty and optimism is striking considering that they were painted during the stresses of Catalonian occupation and later the bombing of Normandy during World War II.

The works have not been shown together since 1993 show at MoMA, so it is a feast for the eyes to see them together.

C9y-w39XsAEc-S-Afterward, make the short trip to Pace Gallery on 57th Street to see another small but beautifully mounted exhibit of Calder stabiles, all with a similar theme. There are 29 sculptures, whose tiny components have a perfect dialogue with the fanciful creatures and objects comprising Miró’s paintings. I saw the Calder works in an entirely new light after having just viewed the Mirós.

Both are well worth seeing and a total delight.

Barbara Vogelstein

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