Calder: Nonspace

‘[Calder] is willing to believe equally in a nonspace as well as in space. Because of this, his stabiles (and his mobiles as well) are able to fill a given space without occupying it… He has taken a given space and, by molding beautiful elements of steel around it, caused it to become nonspace.’
—James Jones, 1963

Calder: Nonspace takes its title from a 1963 essay by American novelist James Jones, written after his encounter with a group of large-scale sculptures at Alexander Calder’s studio in Saché, France. In his essay, reprinted in this book, Jones astutely describes the artist’s extraordinary ability to create works that transform their environments, as Calder’s deep understanding of architectural and natural environments enabled him to reorder a viewer’s perception of the world surrounding his sculptures.

This catalog offers a contemplation of Calder’s monumental vision by vividly illustrating an installation at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles of thirty stabiles, mobiles, and standing mobiles woven through a specially-designed environment created by Stephanie Goto, along with five large-scale works set outdoors. Goto also contributes an essay that explores the transformation of a classical gallery into a unified experience, focusing on the exhibition’s spatial enhancement of the edge where steel meets air, and an essay by Andrew Berardini looks into the notion of liveliness in Calder’s work and the moments where space meets space to make form.

Publication Details

  • Texts by Stephanie Goto, Andrew Berardini, James Jones, and Alexander S. C. Rower
  • Book design: Kühle und Mozer
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 88 pages
  • 320 x 260 mm
  • 978-3-906915-36-4
  • £40 / $50 / 45€

Related Publication


Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘From the Stony River to the Sky’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this catalogue vividly illustrates the ambitious presentation of over 80 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works, set within the gardens at Durslade Farm. One of the most influential...

Related Exhibition


Calder: Nonspace

Hauser & Wirth is proud to present the gallery’s first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to renowned artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, ‘Calder: Nonspace’ presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create...


Film Still 2


‘The thing that is so striking about Calder is how misunderstood he is. That is what this show is about.’ Alexander...

Be the first to know updates about Hauser & Wirth