Alexander Calder (Lawnton 1898 - New-York 1976)


One of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, Calder produced works that are both
ground-breaking and light-hearted, balancing logical formal qualities with humour and play. He
redefined sculpture by introducing movement and by the 1950s had achieved international significance,
allowing him to expand his studios in the United States and France and create works on a monumental
scale. Calder cited Mondrian and Miró as influences and indeed his paintings and mobiles exhibit the
same buoyancy, wit and whimsy, conveying a sense of movement through serpentine, unbroken lines.
His work is in numerous international public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American
Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the National Gallery of
Art in Washington, D.C. Calder's public commissions are on view in cities throughout the world, and his
work has been the subject of hundreds of shows and retrospectives, including Alexander Calder: 1898–
1976 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1998); Calder: Gravity and Grace at the
Guggenheim Bilbao (2003); Calder at Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul (2013); and Calder and
Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014)

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