Alexander Calder / David Smith
Alongside the exhibition presented at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich in 2017, this monograph brings together works by the two artists, not only shedding light on the richness of their individual practices but also offering an opportunity to clearly see some shared interests and, surprisingly, how much these artists actually had to say to each other. Contributions by Sarah Hamill and Elizabeth Hutton Turner further inform about these artists’ paths and their encounters and collaboration with photographer Ugo Mulas.
Hamill looks closely at the many photographs Ugo Mulas took of Calder’s and Smith’s sculpture at the 1962 Festival of the Two Worlds, in Spoleto, Italy, showing how Mulas developed his signature style of documentation through this early collaboration. Turner explores how and why Calder and Smith—who typically occupy separate chapters in most histories of modern sculpture—found common ground in their shared identification with the American culture of invention manifest in their industrial grade metal objects commissioned for the 1962 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto.
This publication is released on the occasion of the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich from 12 June to 16 September 2017.