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have you ever noticed that people are mesmerized by movement?

alexander calder: performing sculpture, an exhibition at the tate modern museum in london from 11 november 2015 – 3 april 2016, could be described as mesmerizing.  it’s the largest calder exhibition ever shown in great britain, with eleven galleries displaying approximately 100 works.

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alexander calder: performing sculpture | tate modern museum | london, united kingdom | 11 november 2015 – 3 april 2016

saint paul’s cathedral and the millenium bridge in the background

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

american sculptor, alexander calder (1898-1976), may be best known for transforming sculpture into a kinetic art form.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | antennae with red and blue dots | hanging mobile | aluminum and steel wire | circa 1953

collection of the tate modern museum | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) 2015 calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via BBC

his kinetic sculptures could also be described as performance art.

at the beginning of his career, calder gained fame, received introductions, and made friends through cirque calder, the miniature mechanical circus that he created and performed in paris and new york from 1926-1931.

calder’s friends included artists joan miró (1893-1983) and fernand léger (1881-1955), as well as composer edgard varèse (1883-1965).  my husband, bob, and i were captivated by calder’s three dimensional wire caricatures of them.

‘i think best in wire.’  -alexander calder

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | joan miró | wire | circa 1930

on loan from a private collection

photo credit courtesy of the calder foundation via the new centrist

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | varése | wire | 1930

on loan from the whitney museum of american art | new york, NY

photo credit (c) calder foundation via the whitney

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | fernand léger | wire | 1930

on loan from a private collection

photo credit (c) calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via the arts desk

at the tate modern, the installation and the illumination capture the shadows cast by the suspended sculptures.

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room 3 | alexander calder: performing sculpture | tate modern museum | london, united kingdom | 11 november 2015 – 3 april 2016

photo credit joe humphrys, tate photography / courtesy: calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via wallpaper

calder began creating abstract sculptures, most commonly made from wire and sheet metal, following a visit to the paris studio of dutch painter piet mondrian (1872-1944) in 1930.  he began suspending his abstract sculptures, and using airflow or touch, instead of mechanics or motorization, to generate movement.  another one of his friends, artist marcel duchamp (1887-1968), called calder’s suspensions mobiles, a pun on the french words for movement and motive.

like other viewers, bob and i were magnetized by the movement of the mobiles.

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room 9 | alexander calder: performing sculpture | tate modern museum | london, united kingdom | 11 november 2015 – 3 april 2016

photo credit joe humphrys, tate photography / courtesy: calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via wallpaper

some mobiles move silently.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | snow flurry I | hanging mobile | painted steel sheet and steel wire | 1948

on loan from the collection of the museum of modern art | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2016 calder foundation, new york / artists rights society (ARS), new york via MOMA

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | gamma | hanging mobile | painted sheet metal and steel wire | 1947

on loan from the collection of jon a. shirley | seattle, WA

photo credit calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via wsj

while, the movement of other mobiles creates sound.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | triple gong | hanging mobile | brass, sheet metal, wire and paint | circa 1948

on loan from the collection of the calder foundation | new york, NY

photo credit calder foundation, new york / art resource, new york / ARS, new york / DACS, london via wsj

does silence somehow seem more eloquent?

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | black widow | hanging mobile | wire and painted metal | circa 1948

on loan from the institute of architects of brazil | säo paulo, brazil

photo credit joe humphrys, tate photography / courtesy: calder foundation, new york / DACS, london via wallpaper

our visit to london conveniently coincided with the post war and contemporary art auctions, which prominently featured works by alexander calder.

the auction previews provided an opportunity to view calder’s hanging and standing mobiles more closely.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled | hanging mobile | painted sheet metal and wire | 1967

sold for £962,500 (US$ $1,396,588) | lot 2 | sale 11795 | post war and contemporary art evening auction | 11 february 2016 | christie’s king street | london, united kingdom

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | crag with yellow boomerang and red eggplant | standing mobile | painted sheet metal and wire | 1974

sold for £1,874,500 (US$ 2719,900) | lot 3 | sale 11795 | post war and contemporary art evening auction | 11 february 2016 | christie’s king street | london, united kingdom

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | the black mountain | oil on canvas | 1945

sold for £602,500 (US$ 874,228) | lot 1 | sale 11795 | post war and contemporary art evening auction | 11 february 2016 | christie’s king street | london, united kingdom

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

you could say that calder performed rather well…

spring has already sprung in europe.

when we visited london during the second week of february, the daffodils were already beginning to bloom in the parks.  in london, spring doesn’t really begin on 21 march.  it begins when the daffodils in regent’s park, hyde park, st. james’s park, and green park bloom.

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daffodils | green park | london, united kingdom | february 2016

wellington arch and hyde park corner in the background

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

colorful highlights from the 2016 FOG design + art fair.

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*bridget riley | aria | oil on linen | 2012

david zwirner gallery | new york, NY | london, united kingdom

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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**john berggruen gallery | 2016 fog design + art fair | san francisco, CA

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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spencer finch | atlantic ocean (cadiz) april 3, 2015 | fluorescent fixtures and filters | 2015

john berggruen gallery | san francisco, CA

photo credit berggruen

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stanley whitney | untitled | gouache on paper | 2014

john berggruen gallery | san francisco, CA

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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spencer finch | betelgeuse | powder coated steel, fluorescent light and colored filters | 2015

john berggruen gallery | san francisco, CA

photo credit berggruen

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gerhard richter | six monotype prints | enamelled lacquer on paper | 2008

printed on found pages from an architectural textbook

marian goodman gallery | new york, NY | paris, france | london, united kingdom

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

the 2016 FOG design + art fair

festival pavilion | fort mason center | san francisco, CA

14-17 january 2016

*my favorite artwork at the fair.  i’ve loved british artist, bridget riley, ever since i worked as a buyer for neiman marcus.  i worked at the corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX, where a bridget riley painting from the neiman marcus corporate art collection hung in the reception area of the executive offices.  i always admired it on the way to and from advertising or management meetings.

**my favorite stand at the fair.  expertly edited…

the top 5 interior design trends for 2016

 from the off duty section of the 2-3 january 2016 wall street journal newspaper.

blackened, instead of rose-gold, metal

holly hunt | tristan auer | elsa side table | hand forged iron with a calacatta gold marble top

photo credit holly hunt

rounded, instead of faceted, forms

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ralph pucci international | eric schmitt | bulb dining table | lacquered aluminum with a bohemian glass base

photo credit ralph pucci international

old world, instead of industrial, details

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dedar | rouche tufted braid | PIN001.002

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mexican, instead of danish, mid-century modern furniture

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parada 54 | pair of mexican mid-century modern arm chairs

photo credit parada 54 via 1stdibs.com

scandanavian flat weave, instead of sisal or jute, rugs

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doris leslie blau | swedish flat weave rug | circa 1940’s

photo credit doris leslie blau via 1stdibs.com

arbitrary, instead of evolutionary?

pink & blue.  the 2016 pantone colors of the year.

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2016 pantone colors of the year | rose quartz (pink) & serenity (blue)

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do pink & blue make you think of

balance?

calm?

or, tranquility?

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2016 pantone color of the year | rose quartz | 13-1520 TCX

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wellness?

compatibility?

or, duality?

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2016 pantone color of the year | serenity | 15-3919 TCX

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duality seems like an appropriate adjective, since the pantone color institute ™ selected two colors of the year for 2016, instead of one.  pantone, a division of danaher corporation, provides products and services for the design, retail, and manufacturing industries.

according to abc news, the pantone color of the year press release ‘explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association.’

what perceptions do you think that consumers, designers, retailers, and manufacturers have about pink & blue?

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hermes | light blue printed silk neck ties

photo credit hermes

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charvet | blue cotton dress shirts

photo credits bergdorf goodman and bergdorf goodman

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bergdorf goodman restaurant | new york, NY | interior design by kelly wearstler

photo credit kelly wearstler

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de gournay | askew | hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper

bergdorf goodman restaurant, new york, NY

photo credit la dolce vita

Cornflower Blue

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | cornflower blue (available now)

photo credit kitchen aid

dam-images-decor-2015-08-casa-fantastica-willson-serrano-designed-merida-mexico-home-slideshow-09kitchen | mérida, mexico | interior design by robert willson and david serrano

photo credit tim street-porter via architectural digest

Guava Glaze

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | guava glaze (available in july 2016)

photo credit kitchen aid

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kitchen | spain

photo credit elle decor espana

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gucci | spring 2016 ready to wear collection | look 29

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com

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gucci | spring 2016 menswear collection | look 54

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com

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gucci | spring 2016 menwear collection | silk crepe cambridge shirt | light pink

production vs. runway

photo credit gucci

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chanel boutique | costa mesa, CA | interior design by peter marino

photo credit chanel via architectural digest

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chanel | le vernis nail color | ballerina

chanel le vernis nail color | beige rose

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