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Alexander Calder

Le Guichet
Lincoln Center
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.
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.
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. The vaguely pyramidal shape resembles a series of doorways or even a fanciful, oversized spider. 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.
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.