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Denise Gale
Tom Holland
Lizbeth Mitty
Robert Natkin
Roger Selden
David Smyth
Joseph Stabilito
Hans Vanhorck
Alexander Calder



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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) American sculptor and painter who is famous as the inventor of the mobile. Although he came from a family of artists, he did not study art until his early 20s when he attended the Art Students League in New York. As a young artist Calder was adapt at making rapid drawings which conveyed a sense of movement by a single unbroken line. Taking these line drawings as his theme he produced sculptures of unbroken stands of wire, which were like drawings in space. The most famous of these sculptures is the miniature circus he developed and with which he gave performances in the late 1920's.

Dividing his time between the US and Paris, Calder developed a lifelong friendship with Joan Miro. In 1931 he created his first abstract moving constructions, which were were christened "Mobiles" by Marcel Duchamp and his non-moving constructions were called "Stabiles" by Jean Arp. The mobiles were made of shaped pieces of light-weight metal suspended on thin wires and were so light that they moved, reacting to the faintest air currents. Calder described them as "four-dimensional drawings. " In 1952 he won the first prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennial. His influence on the kinetic art movement was great as he was one of the first to explore the idea of motion in sculpture, especially random motion and the idea of chance changing the shape of sculptures.

Although most well known for his mobiles, Calder also created numerous lithographs and gouaches and also made designs for rugs and tapestries and his numerous large outdoor sculptures can be seen in public places throughout the world.

 

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