Jeff Koons and Alexander Calder have enjoyed many exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary at the museum, they are being celebrated together.
Calder as heaven and Koons as the earth, these artists are similar yet different. The exhibit worked for the most part as these artists easily blend in aesthetics. Curated in a small room, the space was a bit cramped. I am used to seeing both artists spaced a bit further apart from the competition.
Calder's Mobiles looked great floating above Koon's silver pop-art sculptures. Over all, this was a nice little exhibit. Maybe a tad smashed together but I nevertheless enjoyed the juxtaposition played by the curators and these two powerhouses. Once again, I have talked about the effects of space in a museum and I would put less art in that room. Less is more as they say, and it would make a difference in this exhibit especially.
Koons' floating basketballs in a fish tank were an interesting choice that may have seemed forced at first sight. I also enjoyed the choice of blue for the floor, it brought out the gold cast lifeboat. The exhibit focused mainly on these two great artist's differences because some of the connections seemed a bit to heavily forced. In the end I was pleased by seeing them fused and any reservations I had were cured.
BY ARTCOWO PRESS TEAM 2018
SOURCE: MCA CHICAGO's museum information
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