Art Basel 2015
Art Basel 2015
Art Basel 2015

Calder’s great-grandson creates desert exhibition

The musician is organising an exhibition that melds sculpture, performance and sound in Marfa, Texas

by Julia Halperin  |  18 June 2015
Calder’s great-grandson creates desert exhibition
Haroon Mirza, Duet for a Duo (2015) (Detail). Photo: David Bebber, courtesy hrm199 Ltd
Alexander Calder’s great-grandson Gryphon Rower-Upjohn is organising a sprawling exhibition of work that melds sculpture, performance and sound in the desert town of Marfa, Texas. The show is due to present work by artists including Calder, Beatrice Gibson, Lucky Dragons and Haroon Mirza, whose largest exhibition to date is on show at the Tinguely Museum in Basel (until 6 September). “I’m giving the artists a lot of free reign,” Rower-Upjohn says. On the outskirts of the desert town, Mirza plans to install a stone circle that uses solar power to play electronic music. A musician himself, Rower-Upjohn was inspired to do the show at Ballroom Marfa after researching Calder’s own experiments with sound and music. Provisionally titled Strange Attractors, the show is due to open in autumn 2016.

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