Wayne V. Andersen

  • Calder at the Guggenheim

    RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITIONS ARE HISTORICAL ABSTRACTIONS which show objects out of their time. Even when carefully arranged in chronological sequence, only the spacing of the artist’s evolution is evident, not the distance each stage spanned; nor can the backgrounds of successive phases be shown. While it is true that some art objects outlive the circumstances of their production and, because they possess that quality we call “timelessness,” can exist in the present without historical accessories, most of them do not—to sustain their artistic worth they need special considerations of temporal and