Alexander Calder

Born in 1898 in Philadelphia, Calder was an American sculptor and painter. He was the son of Alexander Stirling Calder and grandson of Alexander Milne Calder, both well-known sculptors. After obtaining his mechanical engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Calder worked at various jobs before enrolling at the Art Students League in New York City in 1923. During his college years, he did line drawings for the National Police Gazette. It was while he attended the Art Students League, that he was influenced by the ‘Ashcan School’ movement; an artistic movement in the US during the early twentieth century that focused on the portrayal of daily life in New York. In 1926 he moved to Paris and developed his miniature circus. The ‘Calder Circus’ was a popular event in the 1930’s in Paris. Cocteau, Mondrian, Man Ray and Léger would rush to Calder’s studio to admire the shows and the tiny wire performers walking the tightropes. The captivated audience would appreciate the materials and wood used by Calder with the performance accompanied by sounds of his phonograph. As of 1931, Calder joined the group “Abstraction Creation” and started bringing coloured sketches to life. He finished his first non-objective construction at the end of the same year. In 1932, Marcel Duchamp visited his studio and was fascinated by Calder’s handcrafted work in motion. He started to make sculptures, which Duchamp called “mobiles”, objects that could be moved by hand or by small electric motors. These were followed, as of 1934, by pieces set in motion by wind. The ‘sculptor of motion’, as Calder was called, would also paint with the same light touch, the same grace, using cold hues as a constant throughout his works. Calder’s works are a highly valued addition to any collection. Alexandre Calder and his mobiles remain an integral part of the history of the art and a permanently sought after name in the art market.

  • Giving back to Nature

    Giving back to Nature

    Beirut

    May 17, 2017 - June 03, 2017

  • Grand Opening Miami

    Grand Opening Miami

    Miami

    March 24, 2016 - April 10, 2016

  • Icons of Art II

    Icons of Art II

    Dubai

    January 22, 2016 - February 25, 2016

  • Between Sky and Earth by Calder and Dubuffet

    Between Sky and Earth by Calder and Dubuffet

    Geneva

    September 24, 2015 - October 10, 2015

  • Tempo

    Tempo

    Monaco

    July 10, 2015 - July 31, 2015

  • Miró / Calder / Dubuffet

    Miró / Calder / Dubuffet

    London

    October 14, 2014 - October 31, 2014

  • Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Hong Kong

    May 23, 2014 - June 13, 2014

  • Visions of Abstraction

    Visions of Abstraction

    Dubai

    March 11, 2014 - March 25, 2014

  • In Black & White

    In Black & White

    Geneva

    December 06, 2013 - December 21, 2013

  • Collection de Maîtres, un siècle d’Art Moderne

    Collection de Maîtres, un siècle d’Art Moderne

    Paris

    April 06, 2012 - April 27, 2012

  • Pop and Photography

    Pop and Photography

    Miami

    December 29, 2008 - January 10, 2009