Widely celebrated at the originator of the 'mobile', Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was one of the most innovative and influential American artists of the 20th century. This exhibition focuses on Calder's pioneering approach to sculpture, as he overturned many traditional assumptions about the medium. His early works in wire defined figures with delicate lines in space rather than a solid mass. Many of his works hung from the ceiling rather than standing on a plinth. Impressed by the distinctive environment of Piet Mondrian's studio, he turned to abstraction. Most remarkable of all were his experiments with motion. For Calder, sculpture was no longer a static object for the viewer to walk around, inspecting it from every angle, but something that could itself rotate and be experienced in space and present time.
"I think best in wire" Alexander Calder.
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