Alexander Calder, ‘National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee Poster ("You have not converted a man because you have silenced him")’, 1973, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is a very uncommon offset lithograph poster is of Alexander Calder's exhibition "National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee." It displays the quote from John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn's book "On Compromise," published in 1874. ("You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."). Highly collectible.

Signature: Plate signed.

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