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Alexander Calder

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Alexander Calder
1930
1937
1976
1943
1926
1898
Dog and Duck
Created in 1909, when Calder was 11.


Constellation
I devised a new form of art consisting of small bits of hardwood carved into shapes and sometimes painted, between which a definite relation
was established and maintained by fixing them on the ends of
steel wires.. Alexander Calder

Wire Circus Sculpture
Calder moved to Paris and earned his living as an illustrator and a toy designer.

"Just as one can compose colors, or forms," Calder said,
"so one can compose motions."

Roaring with a lion sculpture
Friend Joan Miro in wire
Louisa Pin, c. 1940
Two Spheres within a Sphere
Looking at the colored rectangles that covered the wall of Mondrian's studio,









Calder remarked that he would like to see them move.

Calder's art began to change away from
geometric forms toward a more organic imagery

Big Bird
Man
From 1953 until his
death in 1976,
Calder devoted most
of his energy to
monumental sculpture

Constellation Mobile, 1943
“A cantilever is a beam anchored at only one end.” -Wikipedia
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Constellation, c. 1942
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Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Courtesy of the Calder Foundation
© 2013 The Museum of Modern Art
Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow
1937-42

Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and the Calder Foundation, New York.
Constellation with two pins, 1943
Public sculpture in Montreal, Canada
Photo used under fair use principles
Vertical Constellation with Bomb
Image from wiki commons

Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Constellation, 1942
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Copyright © 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Constellation, 1943
Constellation, 1943
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Crinkly, 1970
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