Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

Read More
Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

Read More
Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

Read More

Alexander Calder

(1898 - 1976), USA

Alexander Calder was born in 1898 in Lawnton, PA and died in New York in 1976. Calder's illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century; he is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially 'drew' three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Featured Artworks

View All (21)
Low Three Feathers by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderLow Three Feathers, 1967 Standing mobile–painted metal and wire
27 x 68.9 x 79.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Morning Cobweb (intermediate maquette) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderMorning Cobweb (intermediate maquette), 1967 Sheet metal, bolts and paint
162.6 x 102.2 x 101.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderUntitled, 1939 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint
141 x 163.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth
3 Segments by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander Calder3 Segments, 1973 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint
200.7 x 508 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Feuille d’arbre by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderFeuille d’arbre, 1974 Sheet metal and paint
626.1 x 396.2 x 355.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Les Arêtes de poisson (maquette) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderLes Arêtes de poisson (maquette), 1965 Sheet metal and paint
37.1 x 44.8 x 26.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Haverford Variation by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderHaverford Variation, 1944 Sheet metal, wire, and paint
78.7 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Feuille d'arbre (maquette) by Alexander Calder contemporary artwork Alexander CalderFeuille d'arbre (maquette), 1973 Sheet metal and paint
64.1 x 44.5 x 25.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

View All (4)
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, Calder: Nonspace at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Closed
27 October 2018–6 January 2019 Alexander Calder Calder: Nonspace Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexander Calder, From the Stony River to the Sky at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Closed
26 May–9 September 2018 Alexander Calder From the Stony River to the Sky Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Luta Continua at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
26 April–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A Luta Continua Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York

Represented By

In Ocula Magazine

A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 9 Feb 2018 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

Read More

In Related Press

View All (18)
Calder's black steel meets the white cube at a new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Related Press Calder's black steel meets the white cube at a new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Times : 30 October 2018

The stark white room is punctuated by abstract black forms — jagged, organic, dramatic and playful — that sprout up from the floor or dangle languidly from the ceiling. Glimpsed out of the corner of your eye, they shift ever so slightly as you walk down the long gallery space, a former bank building. Around each corner, a new...

Read More
Calder’s Sculptures Come Alive Related Press Calder’s Sculptures Come Alive The New Yorker : 3 July 2017

In the summer of 1922, Alexander Calder was twenty-three and doing a stint as a merchant marine. One morning made a cosmic impression. As he later described it, 'over my couch—a coil of rope—I saw the beginning of a fiery red sunrise on one side and the moon looking like a silver coin on the other.' The story has all the elements of a...

Read More
When It Comes to Calder, the Same Piece Is Always Different Related Press When It Comes to Calder, the Same Piece Is Always Different The New York Times : 8 June 2017

No artist of the last century had a greater gift for wordplay than Marcel Duchamp, and he had a killer pun ready when he visited the American sculptor Alexander Calder's studio one fall day in 1931. Calder had been experimenting with new, abstract compositions, made of painted wood and equipped with small motors that made balls oscillate or...

Read More
WHAT TO SEE DURING FRIEZE WEEK 2017 Related Press WHAT TO SEE DURING FRIEZE WEEK 2017 Whitewall : 3 May 2017

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order will showcase new works from the artist Erwin Wurm's series One Minute Sculptures, which he's been making for 20 years. The series asks viewers to enact a pose with everyday items for just one minute—this time around he's using midcentury modern furniture. These audience-activated sculptures will also...

Read More

In Related Video

Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Related Video & Audio Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Hauser & Wirth : 19 June 2018
More
Alexander Calder’s Outdoor Mobiles and Stabiles at Hauser & Wirth Somerset Related Video & Audio Alexander Calder’s Outdoor Mobiles and Stabiles at Hauser & Wirth Somerset Hauser & Wirth : 22 May 2018

Unfolding across all five gallery spaces, this major solo exhibition Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky features almost 100 works including large-scale outdoor pieces which are set within the gardens of Durslade Farm.Five stabiles and a standing mobile bridge the link between the works on view in the galleries and the surrounding...

More
Alexander Calder’s Roxbury home Related Video & Audio Alexander Calder’s Roxbury home Hauser & Wirth : 10 May 2018

Alexander S. C. Rower, Calder Foundation president and grandson of the artist, introduces From the Stony River to the Sky, a major solo exhibition of works by Alexander Calder (1898–1976) on view at Hauser & Wirth Somerset through 9 September 2018.Alexander Calder’s direct and innovative approach runs through every aspect of his oeuvre, from...

More
A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Hauser & Wirth : 8 May 2018

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton,...

More

Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Alexander Calder are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

iCal GoogleYahooOutlook