Thursday, August 22, 2013

Flying Dragon

Flying Dragon, 1975 (installed 1991)
Alexander Calder
Stanley McCormick Memorial Court, Art Institute
111 South Michigan Avenue

            Featuring his signature “Calder Red” paint also used on Flamingo in Federal Plaza, this is likely the last “stabile” (non-moving sculpture) created by Alexander Calder before his death in 1976. The work is located in the Art Institute’s North Garden, an open-air, asymmetrical sculpture court designed by prominent landscape architect Laurie Olin in 1991, and is accompanied by David Smith’s Cubi VII from 1963. Thus, the garden showcases two of the most important 20th century American artists to work in metal.

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