Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was one of the best loved American artists of the 20th century. He invented the kinetic sculpture, now known as the mobile, and played an essential role in reshaping the history of modernism.
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture will explore the notion of performance as a driving force in Calder’s sculpture and his use of other media including drawing, design, film and theatre. It traces the evolution of his work, from his initial years entertaining the artistic bohemia of interwar Paris with performances of his Circus, to his later life, when he became hugely popular for his mobile and stabile sculptures.
Focusing on this aspect of performance in Calder’s work and the theatricality of his sculptures, the catalogue features new research from a wide range of expert writers:
Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions, Tate Modern
Ann Coxon: Curator, Displays & International Art, Tate Modern.
Penelope Curtis: Director, Tate Britain.
Marko Daniel: Convenor, Public Programmes, Tate.
Thomas Fichter: Executive Director, The Earle Brown Music Foundation.
Sérgio B. Martins: Professor of History of Art, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
Vassilis Oikonomopoulos: Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
Alexander S. C. Rower is Chairman and President of the Calder Foundation.
Alex Taylor: Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art, Tate.
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