A biography of alexander calder the american sculptor

Cirque Calder is now part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum in New York, but a live performance carried out by the artist in later years can be seen on youtube.

Visually fascinating and emotionally engaging, those sculptures —along with his monumental outdoor bolted sheet metal stabileswhich only imply movement—make Calder one of the most-recognizable and beloved modern artists.

For a list of the world's top 3-D artworks, by the best sculptors in the history of art, see: However, during the last twenty years of his life, Calder focused on monumental, static stabiles for public commissions.

They were followed in by outdoor pieces which were set in motion by the open air. He described in his autobiography, "It was early one morning on a calm sea, off Guatemala, when over my couch—a coil of rope—I saw the beginning of a fiery red sunrise on one side and the moon looking like a silver coin on the other.

Inhe responded to the problem, changing his working methods. The experience made a lasting impression and shortly after, inhe decided to become a full time artist.

About the Artist

His popularity continues even as the estimation of his early supporter, art critic and later museum director James Johnson Sweeney, has proved accurate: From a wire animal the size of a match box to a fountain filled with mercury to a seventy foot representation of a man in metal, Calder ignored the formal structures of art and in so doing redefined what art could be.

The sculptures are three-dimensional and the duck is kinetic because it rocks when gently tapped. The larger works were made under his direction, using the classic enlargement techniques used in different ways by traditional sculptors, including his father and grandfather.

However, representatives of the Calder family boycotted the January 10, ceremony "to make a statement favoring amnesty for Vietnam War draft resisters ". Calder proved himself a fluid draftsman, and in his first book, the drawing manual Animal Sketching, was published; it was reissued as part of an art instructional series inreprinted inand is still in print.

Calder is best known for his invention of mobiles, delicate constructions of wire, metal, and wood that move with the slightest breeze.

The performance lasted two hours and in many ways predated performance art by 40 years. Comments In short, although Calder has no desire to imitate anything—his one aim is to create chords and cadences of unknown movements—his mobiles are at once lyrical inventions, technical, almost mathematical combinations and the perceptible symbol of Nature: These new sculptures, arranged by the chance operations of the wind, went against everything that sculpture had been.

During his Paris years, Calder showed extensively in Europe and the U. In Alexander and Louisa Calder traveled around in India for three months, where Calder produced nine sculptures as well as some jewelry.

Alexander Calder

During the 's Calder also designed sets for ballets, including one for Martha Graham, who was named one of the top female icons of the century by Peoples Magazine. This is certainly the index to the man's character in this case, for he is one of the best natured fellows there is. Calder rarely used solder; when he needed to join strips of metal, he linked them with loops, bound them with snippets of wire or fashioned rivets.

The small metal maquette, the first step in the production of a monumental sculpture, was already for Calder a sculpture in its own right.

Segetario's documentation claimed that the work had been fabricated around "under the supervision and direction of Artist". For earlier works, please see: The judge recognized the problem at the time, noting that Perls' pronouncement would make Rio Nero unsellable.

Further experimentation with motion led Calder to create motorized pieces; it was those works that were famously dubbed mobiles by artist-provocateur Marcel Duchamp. As the Modern art era waned and the contemporary art era took form in the s, however, his reputation within the art world suffered as critics and tastemakers deemed his work too playful or popular to be taken seriously.

Calder graduated with the class of Born in in Philadelphia, Calder came from a family of artists.Calder's grandfather, sculptor Alexander Milne Calder, was born in Scotland, had immigrated to Philadelphia inand is best known for the colossal statue of.

American artist Alexander Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement, first though performances of his mechanical Calder's Circus and later with motorized works, and, finally, with hanging works called "mobiles." In addition to his abstract mobiles, Calder also created static sculptures, called "stabiles," as well as paintings, jewelry, theater sets, and tsuki-infini.com Of Birth: Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

American Master Pedro E. Guerrero photographed Calder and his works in the s and s.

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See a video on Guerrero’s work with Calder and photographs of Alexander Calder and his sculptures. His father, Alexander Stirling Calder () was a well established sculptor who created many public installations.

His grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder () was also a sculptor and is best known for his colossal statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia's City Hall tower. In Europe, Calder entertained his wide circle of friends, including artists Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, and Piet Mondrian, with a huge variety of articulated toys, circus figures, and wire tsuki-infini.com: Jul 22, Alexander Calder, (born July 22,Lawnton, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died November 11,New York, New York), American artist best known for his innovation of the mobile suspended sheet metal and wire assemblies that are activated in space by air currents.

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