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About Alexander Calder

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

American, 1898-1976, Lawnton, Pennsylvania

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2013
Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion, Calder Foundation, Düsseldorf
2013
Calder / Prouvé, with Galerie Patrick Seguin, Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Alexander Calder: Sharing Negative Space, Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York
2016
CALDER, Heather James Fine Art, Jackson
2013
Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion, Calder Foundation, Düsseldorf
2013
Calder / Prouvé, with Galerie Patrick Seguin, Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2016
2016
TEFAF Maastricht 2016, Waterhouse & Dodd, London
2015
Tempo, Opera Gallery, Monaco
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2014
Abu Dhabi Art 2014, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC
2013
Alexander Calder, Cahiers d'Art, Paris
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