November 8, 2012 |
I've been sorting my bookshelves and turned up this gem the other day: “Calder at Home” with photographs and text by Pedro E. Guerrero (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). That would be Alexander “Sandy” Calder, the American artist who is best known for his kinetic steel sculptures. As an impoverished artist in Paris in the 1920s, he designed toys, made wire portraits and, famously, created a traveling toy circus that he stashed in a series of suitcases. He was also handy around the house and, according to Guerrero, liked to make kitchen utensils whenever his wife Louisa needed something.
May 6, 2012 |
Just about everyone loves Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Casual observers enjoy the playful weightlessness of his mobiles, a genre of sculpture he may not have invented but owns so completely that it's almost impossible for another artist to make a mobile and not be compared, unfavorably, to Calder. Art specialists, who usually pooh-pooh such popular sentiments, also admire the elegant economy of Calder's streamlined forms and his graceful spatial arrangements. At L&M Arts, a fantastic two-gallery exhibition (and a large, outdoor sculpture)
March 6, 2011 |
In terms of legacy, Calder is the Hemingway of the art world. His work is so popular, accessible and deceptively easy that the most au courant scholars tend to pass it over, and other artists don't always own up to its influence. "It's almost like Calder is invisible because he's so ubiquitous," says L.A.-based artist Jason Meadows, who used to walk by one of his massive public sculptures as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. "When I was getting educated into the world of fine art, Abstract Expressionist painters were really hot and I got really charmed by Pop Art. Calder wasn't someone you would think about.
July 12, 2009 |
A reliable way to add a little dazzle to classics -- a white shirt, little black dress, T-shirt and blazer -- is to punch them up with conversation-piece jewelry. This month, Club Monaco offers some affordable contenders: six eye-catching necklaces inspired by artist Alexander Calder.
July 24, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Think of Alexander Calder, and the first thing to come to mind probably would be the suspended abstract sculptures that silently orbit above the heads of museumgoers around the world. Though best known for those enormous yet graceful creations his friend and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp coined as "mobiles," Calder also created approximately 1,800 one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade jewelry throughout his artistic career.
April 17, 2006 |
Too much often is made of biography in attempts to pinpoint origins of an artist's work, but in the case of Alexander Calder, known for his mobiles, "stabiles" and kinetic works made of wire, sheet metal and other materials, tracing biography feels like watching destiny unfold.