Calder. Gouaches Alexander Calder 12.09/22.11 2019

“I’ve always been delighted by the way things are hooked together…
It’s just like a diagram of force. I love the mechanisms of the thing –and the vast space– and the spotlight”.

Galería Elvira González is pleased to present the exhibition Calder. Gouaches, the gallery’s second solo exhibition dedicated to the American artist. The show brings together a careful selection of gouaches on paper, many of which are on public view for the first time.

In the mid- forties gouache technique became a key element of Calder´s artistic practice. As Jean Lipman explained in her well- known publication Calder’s Universe, Calder gradually set aside his work with oil to focus on this technique, which suited his “high-spirited, rapid, spontaneous expression.”

This exhibition focuses on Calder’s particular vision, which was lively, dynamic, and colourful, but also rigorous and transgressive. Through the gouaches we can understand, for the fast-speed they allowed, his most spontaneous creative channels; these works often inspired and responded to his large-scale and sculptural production.

Calder. Gouaches coincides in time with two major exhibitions in Spain that feature the artist: Calder Stories at Centro Botín, Santander, and Calder-Picasso at the Museo Picasso, Málaga.


Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1970
75 x 108 cm | 29 ½ x 42 ½ in
Gouache and ink on paper.

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1974.
110 x 75 cm | 43 ¼ x 29 ½ in.
Gouache and ink on paper.

Exhibitions in the gallery