Friday, July 7, 2017

Alexander Calder

Original Photographs from Archives
Alexander Calder is famous for having made sculptures that move, but conservators and collectors are cautious about showing them that way. “Calder: Hypermobility,” a new exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is a rare chance to see several of his works as intended. 
-From the New York Times' review  <https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/26/arts/whitney-museum-alexander-calder-exhibition.html>
Calder travelled to Paris in the 1920s, having originally trained as an engineer, and by 1931 he had invented the mobile, a term coined by Duchamp to describe Calder’s sculptures which moved of their own accord. 
- From Tate Modern: Exhibition: Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture <http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/alexander-calder-performing-sculpture>
Calder's Connecticut House







My grandfather was a grumpy and surly and very dedicated and very focused person... He enjoyed his life and he enjoyed himself, but he wasn’t a fun-loving, goofy kind of person at all.  
- Alexander S.C. Rower, quoted in The New York Times, Alexander Calder Comes to Life at London’s Tate Modern
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/arts/international/alexander-calder-comes-to-life-at-londons-tate-modern.html>



"Gallows and Lollipops" by Sculptor Alexander Calder in Yale's Beinecke Plaza (technically Hewitt Quad)