At What Point Does An Artist’s Work Destroy Another Artist’s Work?
Here we are again. Michigan artist, David Dodde, previously recast Alexander Calder’s large steel sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, with a garden theme as part of ArtPrize, the annual art exhibition and competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. By “recast,” and according to the LA Times, Dodde “affixed magnetic flowers, many hand-cut, to the 40-foot-high arches of the sculpture, in an attempt to add ‘whimsy.’”
Well, the Alexander Calder Foundation was certainly not pleased, calling the “remake” an “abomination.” The artist, and the city of Grand Rapids, quickly rethought their initial artistic gesture and opted to abide by the Foundation’s request and remove the magnetic flowers.
Legal issues aside, what’s the point of affixing magnetic flowers on an existing sculpture, in particular a Calder? And what was the curator who assisted Dodde on this thinking?