Alexander Calder : Performing sculpture at TATE
From 11 November 2015, until 3 April 2016.
American sculptor Alexander Calder was a radical figure who pioneered kinetic sculpture, bringing movement to static objects. Calder travelled to Paris in the 1920s, having originally trained as an engineer, and by 1931 he had invented the mobile, a term coined by Duchamp to describe Calder’s sculptures which moved of their own accord. His dynamic works brought to life the avant-garde’s fascination with movement, and brought sculpture into the fourth dimension. This exhibition will reveal how motion, performance and theatricality underpinned his practice. www.tate.org.uk
Picture 1 : Alexander Calder, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c1953. Aluminium and steel wire © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York and DACS, London // Picture 2 : Alexander Calder with Black Frame 1934 at the exhibition Mobiles by Alexander Calder, The Renaissance Society of The University of Chicago, 1935 © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York/DACS, London, courtesy Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, NY // Picture 3 : Alexander Calder with Snow Flurry I 1948, photographed by Gordon Parks, 1952 © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York/DACS, London, image © The Gordon Parks Foundation