This Book & Printed Matter Lab is devoted to Alexander Calder. The theme of Calder’s Roxbury studio in particular becomes the focus, directing a selected representation of how the artist moved between a variety of media and visual languages. Among the materials on view are the historic film Works of Calder, 1950, directed by Herbert Matter; archival correspondence between Calder and Matter; a reproduction of Calder’s My Shop, 1955, with accompanying details; documentary photographs taken by Matter of the artist and his works; Quotations from the artist’s 1966 autobiography, reflecting his memories of Roxbury; and a poem written by André Masson about his own experience in the studio.
August 22nd is the birthday of Alexander Calder, one of the best- known and most prolific artists of the 20th century. His work hangs in museums all over the world, but for over 40 years, he lived and worked in Roxbury, a small town in Connecticut’s Litchfield County.
With thanks to the Calder Foundation, New York.
About The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab
The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Lab presents thematic installations, displays, and programming that invite reflection, creative thinking, and further conversation about the world of printed matter and its connection to artists’ ideas and objectives.