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Artist:

Alexander Calder

Title:

Le Guichet

Year:
1963
Adress:
Lincoln Center
Website:
Pressure and balance
You can walk underneath the artwork Le Guichet by Alexander Calder. While walking I first of all recognize a spider. This raises anxiety in me. But in the lines ot this arwork I recognize also something else.
I see two people who push firmly against each other and also against even something else. This feels good; I instandly think about dear people with whom I sometimes have disagreements about a topic.
And frankly, I don't think we ever completely agree; people give pressure and against-pressure and keep each other in balance.
Le Guichet by Alexander Calder is a strong artwork that says something positive without being explicit. This is an abstract artwork which is concrete at the same time. This artwork is about pressure, against-pressure and balance, and on anxiety and stability.
By Theo, www.artatsite.com

Druk en balance
Je kunt onder dit kunstwerk Le Guichet van Alexander Calder doorlopen. Tijdens het wandelen herken ik allereerst een spin. Dit roept angst bij mij op. Maar in het lijnenspel herken ik ook iets anders.
Ik zie ook twee mensen die stevig tegen elkaar aanduwen en ook tegen nóg iets anders. Dit voelt goed; ik denk direct aan lieve mensen die ik ken waarmee ik soms onenigheid heb over een onderwerp.
En eerlijk gezegd denk ik niet dat wij er ooit helemaal uit zijn; mensen geven druk en tegendruk en houden elkaar in balans.
Le Guichet van Alexander Calder is een goed kunstwerk dat iets positiefs zegt zonder expliciet te zijn. Dit is een abstract kunstwerk wat heel concreet is. Dit kunstwerk gaat over druk, tegendruk en balans, ook over angst en stabiliteit.
By Theo, www.artatsite.com

www.online.wsj.com:
Standing on Lincoln Center's plaza near the Vivian Beaumont Theater, 'Le Guichet' is Alexander Calder's abstract take on a box office. Calder, a U.S. sculptor known for his mobiles, made the steel-plate sculpture in France in 1963.
One of the more visible works in the institution's collections, it features an irregular-shaped hole representing a ticket window, which visitors often peer through while posing for photos.

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The vaguely pyramidal shape resembles a series of doorways or even a fanciful, oversized spider.
The whimsical 'stabile' (a term coined by the avant-garde artist Hans Arp to describe Alexander Calder's static sculpture), Le Guichet is made of abstractly-shaped plates of black-painted steel held together by rivets. Visitors can walk under and through the Alexander Calder work to gain a sense of its three-dimensionality and view blue sky through the irregular negative space created by Le Guichet's black 'arms'.
Le Guichet is one of several Alexander Calder artworks in New York City. HisSaurien (1975) sits in front of the IBM headquarters on Madison Avenue; Untitled, a mobile from 1959, is installed at the Chase Bank at 410 Park Avenue. Two sculptures, Black Widow (1959) and Whale II (1964) are part of the collection owned by the Museum of Modert Art.
Alexander Calder created Le Guichet (The Box Office) in 1963 after winning a commission from Lincoln Center. Then at the height of his popularity as an accessible yet critically-acclaimed artist, Alexander Calder already had ties to the theater; he designed sets and mobile apparatus for the Martha Graham Dance Company, ballets and operatic performances. Le Guichet traded on the fact that Lincoln Center, the Robert Moses-championed arts complex unveiled in the early 1960s, boasted no fewer than three box offices for its numerous performing facilities.
To view Le Guichet, enter the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the main Eastern Parkway entrance in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The Osborne garden, a formal Italianate garden laid in 1935, is directly ahead of the entrance and provides a symmetrical counterpoint to the irregular angles of the Alexander Calder sculpture. The work will be on view until September 1.