Alexander Calder


Alexander Calder, Jean Lipman. Calder’s circus Dutton, University of Michigan: 1972

Alexander Calder. Calder; an autobiography with pictures. University of Michigan: Pantheon Books, 1966

Jean Lipman, Margaret Aspinwall, Alexander Calder Contributor Margaret Aspinwall.

Alexander Calder and his magical mobiles Published by Hudson Hills Press in association with Whitney Museum of American Art, 1981

Alexander Calder

Throughout Alexander Calder’s life he has been known for his illustrious career, which spanned although the 20th century. He is notably one of the greatest sculptures of our time. A lot of his work can be accredited to his family who celebrated his innovative ability to change the course of modern art. His journey began when he started developing a new method of sculpting. This method includes bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three dimensional figures in a space that allowed him to make his art work to be suspended, mobile, all in an abstract form that gave all his pieces a balance in harmony. A good majority of Calder’s work was devoted outdoors. This gave him the opportunity to define his creativity by bolting sheets and steel in a monolithic fashion. Today, these gigantic hunks of metal are displayed in public plazas throughout the world.

One of Alexander Calder’s most spectacular pieces, are compilation of collections that are displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, Giorgio De Chirico. One of the most intriguing pieces is the flora fauna that is made of wire, sheet metal, piping, glass, glass, and anything else tangible. Its plants can be conceived as objects that include metal leaves, and animals flanged with bolted haunches, its geology of string, wire and pellets, while the machines are actual functioning machines. In many respects Alexander Calder’s work shows cleverness that many artists strive to reach, but to attribute his praise a few of his pieces include gargantuan metal that are shown in an astonishing way. One of the more famously known pieces is Calder stabile on George Street, in Sydney Australia. This object is sharp dull looking piece, but like most of Calder’s pieces it isn’t what it looks like, it’s what it does, and in spite of its atrocious looks it is a moving tank like machine.

Another extraordinary quality that Alexander Calder had was the ability to create painting that signified a quality of expression. A perfect example of this is the two paintings Blue Sun and Black Moon. These simplistic designs display contrasting colors that allow you to see the focal point in an interesting manner. Each painting is pretty clear cut of what the image is, but in his own unique way Calder has initiated a depth with objects in the foreground.

In essence the root of Alexander Calder’s artistry makes him one of the most famous creators of our time, but really his unique designs give his work much more innovation with the ability to be more than one thing.


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