It’s time to bid adieu to “Three Up, Three Down,” the Alexander Calder mobile that has crowned the High Museum’s lawn since 1988. The sculpture, which has been on long-term loan from the Calder Foundation, will be part “Alexander Calder in the Gardens,” an exhibit at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in summer 2014. Its return sounds iffy. “With the departure of the Calder sculpture, we have the opportunity to think about new ways to use this outdoor space,” said David Brenneman, the High’s director of collections and exhibitions. “We are considering several different options, which could include commissions, loans or acquisitions.”
Although the Calder made a harmonious companion to architect Richard Meier’s modernist design, change can be good. It’s certainly a primo spot. It would be bracing to replace the modern master with something less predictable. Surprise us, High Museum! Calder will not disappear from the museum altogether. An untitled 1947 mobile from the permanent collection will be installed in the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries in 2014. Constructed of sheet metal and wire, the 8-by-12-foot sculpture was acquired by the High in 1978 and was last on view in 2001. Photo on home page ©artonfile.com.