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Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail"

Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail", 1950, painted metal and wire, 30 x 84 in. Museum purchase, 1951.

Our Alexander Calder mobile, Yellow Sail, 1950, recently returned from a loan to the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

The exhibition included works by Alexander Calder as well as the work of seven contemporary artists who have been directly influenced by him. Yellow Sail was exhibited alongside Calders from other institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Before travelling to Chicago, the mobile was carefully packed by our preparators to ensure it would not be mobile in transit. Each element was wrapped in archival material to protect the vibrant paint and tied down with twill tape to prevent movement (pictured below).  Upon the return of the work, we were pleased to find our Calder had travelled well.

The work won’t be in storage long, though, before it makes an appearance in our upcoming exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting which celebrates the Museum’s 70th anniversary year and features 100 highlights from the permanent collection.

Photo of "Yellow Tail" unpacking for exhibition

Alexander Calder's "Yellow Sail" returning to the Weatherspoon

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MacArthur Award Winner in Weatherspoon’s Permanent Collection

 
Elizabeth Turk

Artist Elizabeth Turk uses a variety of tools to mold 400-pound blocks of marble into beautiful sculptures. Courtesy of Lux Art Institute.

Those of you who closely follow the art circuit might have heard that contemporary artist Elizabeth Turk was recently awarded a MacArthur “genius” award: $500,000 over the course of five years.  This award is given each year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to approximate 20 U.S. citizens “ working in any field who show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” The fellowship is not rewarded based on past accomplishment, but rather as “an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum owns an early work by Turk which was most recently on view in Odd Bodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection, January 24-April 18, 2010.

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New Weatherspoon Fall 2010 Newsletter now online.

 

View the upcoming Fall 2010 schedule at the Weatherspoon with this electronic flip-book formatted newsletter.

Fall 2010 Weatherspoon Art Museum ARTicles Newsletter

Fall 2010 Weatherspoon Art Museum ARTicles Newsletter

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Andy Warhol Superstar film screening at the ‘Spoon

 
"Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar"

"Beautiful Darling" a documentary film

As part of the Warhol & Friends: Film & Music Series…don’t miss the last installment on July 22 of this unique film.

Beautiful Darling, a documentary film, pays tribute to the short but influential life of an extraordinary person — the actress Candy Darling, born James Slattery in a Long Island suburb in 1944. Candy escaped the teasing and abuse of family life growing up in Long Island to be embraced by New York?s subculture of the late 1960s and early ?70s, and was even celebrated in Lou Reed?s song ?Walk on the Wild Side.? Finding a home within Andy Warhol?s Factory, she starred in his film Flesh and also worked with Tennessee Williams, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe. When her family renounces her after her death, Candy?s legacy is preserved by her longtime partner, Jeremiah Newton, who produced this documentary.

Written and directed by James Rasin, 2009. 85 minutes.

Stay after the film to hear music by Velvet Underground cover band Rough Hands…who recently played at the Summer Solstice Party on June 18, 2010.

"Rough Hands"

photo: Martin Tucker

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Inspire. Change. Entry on UNCG’s homepage

 

Inspire Change article on UNCG's featured stories

Joel Vanderkamp installs some of Andy Warhol's Polaroids.

Joel Vanderkamp installs some of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids.

WAM preparator, Joel Vanderkamp was featured on UNCG’s “Inspire. Change.” feature page on the university home page.

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