Alexander Calder

Biography

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was born in Pennsylvania on July 22, 1898. Calder came from a family of artists, but it wasn't until 1923 when he moved to New York to study at the Art Student's League that he became committed to working solely as an artist himself.

As an illustrator, Calder was introduced to the world of the circus, which became a lifelong interest of his. After moving to Paris in 1926, Calder created his Cirque Calder, a complex and unique body of work. Calder had begun his new method of sculpting: twisting and bending wire and "drawing" three-dimensional figures in space. In 1931, Calder created his first truly kinetic sculpture, and gave form to an entirely new type of art. These first moving objects, dubbed "mobiles" by Marcel Duchamp, were later modified to undulate on their own with the air's currents. 

Selected Press

The Los Angeles Times

Critic's Choice

ARTnews

Man in Wire
March 2011

The New York Observer

Art Out of Darkness
June 22, 2010

The Wall Street Journal

In the Realms of Flight and Fantasy
June 12, 2010

ARTnews

Yves Tanguy and Alexander Calder
June 2010

The New York Times

Shedding New Light on Old Friends
May 13, 2010

NY Art Beat

The Museum Alternative
May 5, 2010