C is for Calder, Alexander

The Universe by Alexander Calder

The Universe by Alexander Calder

Am trying to follow Frizztext’s AtoZ Photo Challenge and we’re now on letter C.

Alexander Calder is an American sculptor who was born in Philadelphia. He came from a family of artists, both his father and grandfather were known sculptors and his mother was a painter.

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: great elusive Nature, squandering pollen and abruptly causing a thousand butterflies to take wing…

–Jean-Paul Sartre

Red, Black and Blue at Milwaukee Museum

Red, Black and Blue at the entrance of the Milwaukee Art Museum


This is also Day 24 of my 365 Project.

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8 Responses to C is for Calder, Alexander

  1. Amy says:

    Appreciate the background information! That is innovative and creative…


  2. bebs1 says:

    Thanks Amy. The Universe was my first introduction to him. The sculpture unlike others is motorized, there is a continuous movement, just like his other mobiles. It must be like child play for him to create these adult size toys.


  3. The first Calder sculptures I saw were at Louisiana, outside Copenhagen. His colourful, multi-armed, many coloured structure was sited just outside part of the building that overlooked the sound between Denmark and Sweden. On a beautiful day people were lolling around it on the grass, enjoying the sun and chatting with friends and relatives. The sculpture looked so much part of the scene, like an interested looker-on and listener to what was being said. The sculpture and scene has lodged in my memory. Thank you for bringing to the surface again.


  4. viveka says:

    Some modern art talks to me straight away, but this I’m not too sure about – thanks for introducing him, Alexander Calder.


  5. frizztext says:

    I knew Sartre, but didn’t hear anything about Calder – thank you!


  6. bebs1 says:

    Here’s more about him: http://calder.org

    He also has works in other countries as well as in Germany: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sculptures_by_Alexander_Calder_in_Germany


  7. bebs1 says:

    jingsandthings, I guess that is the whole purpose of his sculptures, he wants them to mimic the earth. But I like his art, so playful don’t you agree?


  8. bebs1 says:

    Viveka, do they look too abstract? Calder has a wild imagination. When you visit Chicago, maybe it is time for you to learn more about him. They have some of his works at the Art Institute and at the Dearborn Plaza. You must have seen it but just never realized who did it.


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