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Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

Edited with text by Cara Manes. Text by Alexander Calder, Alexander S. C. Rower.

Alexander Calder installing the exhibition Alexander Calder: Sculptures and Constructions, 1943. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Artwork by Alexander Calder © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

On Alexander Calder’s fruitful, creative and enduring relationship with MoMA, from the early wire sculptures to late abstractions

Alexander Calder’s work first appeared in the Museum of Modern Art’s galleries in 1930, in the exhibition Painting and Sculpture by Living Americans. Over the next decades the artist’s connection with the Museum would be deep, productive and mutually beneficial. Calder cultivated friendships and working relationships with notable figures, including Alfred H. Barr Jr., the Museum’s founding director, and James Johnson Sweeney, with whom he collaborated on his expansive retrospective exhibition in 1943. His work is imprinted on MoMA’s early history, not only for its material and conceptual innovation but also for its presence at significant moments, such as a mobile made to hang over the lobby’s grand staircase on the occasion of the new Goodwin and Stone building (Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, which hangs there to this day); an elaborate candelabra to adorn the tables at a celebratory anniversary event; and a sculpture to fly off a flagpole to advertise the landmark exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art.

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start celebrates this extraordinarily fertile relationship between an institution and an artist who was both an important creative partner and, with his magnificent gift of 19 works in 1966, a major donor. Through MoMA, Calder came to be known as a pioneer of modern sculpture, and through Calder, MoMA came to understand itself as an American museum of modern art.

After studying engineering, Alexander Calder (1898–1976) moved to Paris in the late 1920s, where he found himself at the center of the city’s artistic avant-garde. There, he developed his Cirque Calder, a performance artwork comprising dozens of miniature handmade objects, and a group of standalone figurative works in wire. Turning toward abstraction in 1930, Calder invented the mobile—an abstract sculpture made of independent parts that incorporate natural or mechanical movement. He would continue to explore the possibilities of this visual language for the rest of his career, eventually shifting to monumental constructions and public works.


Alexander Calder installing the exhibition Alexander Calder: Sculptures and Constructions, 1943. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Artwork by Alexander Calder © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/16/2021

'Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start' is on view now at MoMA

'Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start' is on view now at MoMA

"A Universe" (1934) is reproduced from Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, published to accompany the exhibition currently on view at MoMA. Cara Manes writes, "Calder's sculptures … depend on a viewer's perception of their many elements to achieve their full expression: they contain infinite forms, none of them final. His is an aesthetic of adjustment, of a body to an object, an object to a body, and an object to itself and to its surroundings. In time, or as Calder wrote, with 'familiarization,' some of a given work's infinite possible expressions will emerge. The longer we spend with his work, the more we see, as physical interventions and their perceptions occur in their own time, with accumulating impact. In precisely the same manner that the work implies no fixed viewpoint, achieves no final form, the Calder story, even laid out in a chronological series of events, eludes simple telling. Which seems to be how the artist wanted it: The admission of approximation is necessary, for one cannot hope to be absolute in his precision. He cannot see, or even conceive of a thing from all possible points of view, simultaneously. While he perfects the front, the side, or rear may be weak; then while he strengthens the other façade he may be weakening that originally the best. There is no end to this. To finish the work he must approximate."

IMAGE CREDIT: Alexander Calder. A Universe. 1934. Painted iron pipe, steel wire, motor, and wood with string. 40 1/2 x 30 x 29″ (102.9 x 76.2 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange). © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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ALEXANDER CALDER MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Cahiers d'Art: Calder in France

CAHIERS D'ART: CALDER IN FRANCE

CAHIERS D'ART

ISBN: 9782851171818
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Pub Date: 10/20/2015
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Calder by Matter

CALDER BY MATTER

Edited by Alexander S.C. Rower. Contributions by Jed Perl, John T. Hill.

CAHIERS D'ART/CALDER FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9782851171016
USD $90.00
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Pub Date: 10/21/2014
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Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

ALEXANDER CALDER: MODERN FROM THE START

Edited with text by Cara Manes. Text by Alexander Calder, Alexander S. C. Rower.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633451162
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Pub Date: 3/2/2021
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Calder: Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere

CALDER: SMALL SPHERE AND HEAVY SPHERE

Text by Alexander S. C. Rower, Susan Braeuer Dam, Arnauld Pierre, Noam M. Elcott, Stephanie Goto. Epilogue by Marc Glimcher.

PACE GALLERY

ISBN: 9781948701259
USD $70.00
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Pub Date: 6/2/2020
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Calder: Nonspace

CALDER: NONSPACE

Text by Stephanie Goto, Andrew Berardini, James Jones.

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915364
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Pub Date: 7/23/2019
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Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky

ALEXANDER CALDER: FROM THE STONY RIVER TO THE SKY

Text by Susan Braeuer Dam, Jessica Holmes.

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915258
USD $40.00
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Pub Date: 9/25/2018
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Alexander Calder / David Smith

ALEXANDER CALDER / DAVID SMITH

Introduction by Alexander S.C. Rower, Peter Stevens. Text by Elizabeth M. Turner, Sarah Hamill.

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915036
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Pub Date: 1/23/2018
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Alexander Calder & Fischli / Weiss

ALEXANDER CALDER & FISCHLI / WEISS

Text by Theodora Vischer, et al.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775741279
USD $85.00
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Pub Date: 8/23/2016
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Alexander Calder: Multum in Parvo

ALEXANDER CALDER: MULTUM IN PARVO

Text by Paul Goldberger, Jed Perl, Karl Shapiro, John Updike.

DOMINIQUE LéVY

ISBN: 9780986060656
USD $60.00
| CAN $79 UK £ 53

Pub Date: 7/26/2016
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Transparence: Calder Picabia

TRANSPARENCE: CALDER PICABIA

Text by George Baker, Arnauld Pierre.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775740524
USD $95.00
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Pub Date: 2/23/2016
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