Alexander Calder
by Alexander Calder (9788434312067)

Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder
Release Date: 28 February 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 96
Category: Individual Artist
Publisher: Ediciones Poligrafa S.A.
ISBN: 9788434312067
ISBN-10: 8434312069

American-born artist Alexander Calder (1898- 1976) is universally celebrated for his innovative sculptures and paintings--both figurative and abstract. From his student beginnings as a rather conventional Ashcan-school painter, he moved on to work in wood and wire and, later, to develop an abstract style. Although Calder is primarily considered a sculptor, he was a marvelous draftsman, and much of his innovation first took place in two dimensions. The very definition of sculpture was changed by Calder: not only did he perpetually invent new shapes, he also created innovative forms that necessitated coining the terms "mobile" and "stabile" to describe them. This volume includes an in-depth essay by Dore Ashton, introducing Calder's beloved and critically acclaimed work.
American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is one of the most beloved artists of the twentieth century and is widely know for his invention, in 1931, of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture in which suspended elements are connected by wire. Initially trained as an engineer, Calder moved to Paris in his early years as an artist and befriended Joan Miro and Marcel Duchamp. In addition to making sculpture, Calder painted and designed toys. Following his death, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, by President Gerald Ford.

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