Alexander Calder

American, 1898-1976
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Enmeshed Jewel, 1969
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Dance of the Lollipops, 1972
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Alexander Calder, whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in 1898, in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting by bending and twisting wire and essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony.

Calder worked in a time of artistic upheaval and dared to concern his aesthetic revolution with a somewhat taboo topic in the art world – fun. His prolific and passionate output of paintings, lithographs, sculpture and toys brought with it a humor and sense of play unlike any that came before. He ignored the formal structure of what art could be. Called Sandy by all who knew him, he loved to play with things, and throughout his life created thousands of objects.

His first New York exhibition was in 1928, and along with subsequent exhibitions in Paris and Berlin, Calder gained international recognition as a significant artist. Working in the abstract style, in 1932 he exhibited his first moving sculpture in an exhibition organized by Marcel Duchamp, who coined the word “mobile.” From the '40s on, Calder’s works were mainly large-scale outdoor sculptures that have been placed in virtually every major city in the Western world.

Being influenced by Mondrian and Miro, Calder’s paintings exhibit the same sense of buoyancy, wit and whimsy as his sculptures, and convey a sense of movement through the uses of a single, unbroken line. The shape, color and abstraction employed by Calder capture genuine living movement, and are imbued with a consistent joy.

Alexander Calder is a giant in modern art and had a long, prolific career producing more that 16,000 works of art, an average of one work a day for 50 years. Calder died in 1976, a few weeks after a retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Art Museum of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Artists Rights Society, New York, New York

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Fine Arts Collection, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, New York

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, California

Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Madison Museum of Fine Art, Georgia

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Midwest Museum Of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musees Nationaux Paris, France

Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia

Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma

Orlando Museum of Art, Florida

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Pensacola Museum Of Art, Florida

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Portland Museum of Art, Maine

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

San Diego Museum of Art, California

Scotland National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham

The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey

The Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

The Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman

The Hickory Museum of Art, North Carolina

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

The Newark Museum, New Jersey

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

The Phillips Collection, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Town Linz Gallery/Wolfgang Gurlitt, Austria

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

University Of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie

USC Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Alexander Calder, whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in 1898, in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting by bending and twisting wire and essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony.

Calder worked in a time of artistic upheaval and dared to concern his aesthetic revolution with a somewhat taboo topic in the art world – fun. His prolific and passionate output of paintings, lithographs, sculpture and toys brought with it a humor and sense of play unlike any that came before. He ignored the formal structure of what art could be. Called Sandy by all who knew him, he loved to play with things, and throughout his life created thousands of objects.

His first New York exhibition was in 1928, and along with subsequent exhibitions in Paris and Berlin, Calder gained international recognition as a significant artist. Working in the abstract style, in 1932 he exhibited his first moving sculpture in an exhibition organized by Marcel Duchamp, who coined the word “mobile.” From the '40s on, Calder’s works were mainly large-scale outdoor sculptures that have been placed in virtually every major city in the Western world.

Being influenced by Mondrian and Miro, Calder’s paintings exhibit the same sense of buoyancy, wit and whimsy as his sculptures, and convey a sense of movement through the uses of a single, unbroken line. The shape, color and abstraction employed by Calder capture genuine living movement, and are imbued with a consistent joy.

Alexander Calder is a giant in modern art and had a long, prolific career producing more that 16,000 works of art, an average of one work a day for 50 years. Calder died in 1976, a few weeks after a retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

Awards & Memberships

Selected Exhibitions

Museums & Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Art Museum of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Artists Rights Society, New York, New York

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Fine Arts Collection, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, New York

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, California

Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Madison Museum of Fine Art, Georgia

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Midwest Museum Of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musees Nationaux Paris, France

Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia

Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma

Orlando Museum of Art, Florida

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Pensacola Museum Of Art, Florida

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Portland Museum of Art, Maine

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

San Diego Museum of Art, California

Scotland National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham

The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey

The Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

The Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman

The Hickory Museum of Art, North Carolina

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

The Newark Museum, New Jersey

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

The Phillips Collection, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Town Linz Gallery/Wolfgang Gurlitt, Austria

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

University Of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie

USC Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

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