Venus Over Manhattan has created an exhibition of works, that on the surface, seem quite the juxtaposition. Visitors find works by Alexander Calder situated right next to totems and figures from Vanuatu, a Pacific nation of around 80 islands, in ‘Calder Crags and Vanuatu Totems from the Collection of Wayne Heathcote.’
In a contemporary art gallery, it’s not often that Calder takes a backseat to ethnographic artwork but Venus Over Manhattan never fails to turn things on their head. Their latest exhibition, Calder Crags and Vanuatu Totems from the Collection of Wayne Heathcote, on view until June 8, 2019, presents a towering group of historical Vanuatu sculptures from the Ambrym, Banks, and Malekula islands alongside a suite of large-scale standing mobiles and crags by Alexander Calder.
While it's fair to wonder whether Noland, a former it girl of the late '80s art world, even belongs in the same room as Calder, the premise behind the pairing of their sculptures - that inert obejcts can embody the physical dynamics of violence - is interesting enough.
If, like us, you thought you had seen all there is of Alexander Calder, think again. The iconic American artist is the subject of a new exhibition at New York’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery that is uniquely staged in the dark.