Alexander Calder

(American, 1898–1976)

elements in orbit by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Elements in Orbit, 1956

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les tropiques by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Les Tropiques, 1972

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three lights and five blacks by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Three Lights and Five Blacks, 1956

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untitled by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1968

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untitled by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1967

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Biography

Timeline

1898
Born in Philadelphia, PA
1909
Parents provide him with a workshop at age eleven
1919
Graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ
Worked as engineer at logging camp in Washington state
1923
Moved to New York, NY and attended Art Students League
Worked as illustrator for newspapers and advertisers
1925
Employed at Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo, New York, NY
1926
Attended Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France
1931
Settled in Paris, France
1933
Moved back to the U.S. and buys house in Roxbury, CT
1939
Commissioned to make mobile installed in main stairwell of Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1949
Constructed largest mobile to date, hung over main stairwell of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions

2013
Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Dynamo Un Siecle De Lumiere Et De Mouvement Dans L’art 1913-2013 - Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
Puppet Show - Eastside Projects, Birmingham (England)
In the Library - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
fun house - Richard Gray Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
2012
The Complete Bronzes - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
Calder Noir - Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Alexander Calder - Crane Kalman Gallery, London (England)
Alexander Calder - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1990s - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2011
Alexander Calder: The Painter - Helly Nahmad Gallery, London (England)
Alexander Calder: 1941 - The Pace Gallery - 32 East 57th Street, New York City, NY
Alexander Calder: Gouaches - Pace Prints, New York City, NY
Calder - Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
Calder's Portraits: A New Language - The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
2010
Alexander Calder - Galería Elvira González, Madrid
Calder Jewelry - GRAM - Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Retrospective - Zadok Art Gallery, Miami, FL
Alexander Calder - Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NY
2009
Alexander Calder: Printmaker - Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Alexander Calder - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Alexander Calder - Monumental Sculpture - Gagosian Gallery, Rome
Alexander Calder - Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA
Alexander Calder: 1969 The Fortieth Anniversary of La Grande vitesse - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI
2008
Alexander Calder: Gouaches, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
Alexander Calder Jewlery, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
2007
Focus: Alexander Calder, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY (solo)
2006
The Surreal Calder, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , San Francisco, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Calder in Brazil, Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
I Think Best in Wire: Alexander Calder, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Calder Gouaches: 1942-1976, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Calder: From Model to Monument, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Alexander Calder: Two Monumental Sculptures, Gagosian Gallery, New York., NY (solo)
Alexander Calder, Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (solo)
2004
Alexander Calder, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Calder: Gravedad y la Gracia, Museo Nacional - Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)

Public Collections

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Dallas Museum of Art, TX
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York , NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Literature

2005
Rosenthal, Mark, and Alexander S. C. Rower. The Surreal Calder. Houston, TX: The Menil Collection, 2005
1998
Guerrero, Pedro E. Calder at Home. The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998
Prather, Marla. Alexander Calder 1898 - 1976. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1998
1966
Calder, Alexander. An Autobiography With Pictures. New York: Pantheon Books, 1966