Calder is SO one of my all-time favorites!


Reblog of the day!


Alexander Calder’s Trepied, 1972, sold for $5,682,500 at the Contemporary Art Part I sale, 7 November 2011, New York.

“When I have used spheres and discs, I have intended that they should represent more than what they just are. More or less as the earth is a sphere, but also has some miles of gas about it, volcanoes upon it, and the moon making circles around it, and as the sun is a sphere—but also is a source of intense heat, the effect of which is felt at great distances. A ball of wood or a disc of metal is rather a dull object without this sense of something emanating from it.” (Alexander Calder from Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, vol. 18, no. 3, Spring, 1951)

Alexander Calder’s reputation as the world’s greatest abstract sculptor has given him unique prestige in Twentieth Century art. Instead of concentrating on two-dimensional pictures, Calder poured himself into the nature of structure, incorporating color and movement to the extent that his sculptures defy the label of three-dimensional art. Indeed, as they move continuously in a perpetual balance of fated elegance, his sculptures border on a forth dimension, one where the formal relationships of both painting and standing structure cross paths. Calder’s mobiles are themselves a creation of genius, as they continue to fascinate us with their feats of engineering, senses of humor and play, and, of course, abstract beauty and dynamism. Trepied, 1972, comes from the final phase of Calder’s career and just four years before his death. In it, we not only see his fascination with grand creations, but also the performative charm and graceful stasis that lends his mobiles a coveted place in art history.


~ by The Gallery Goddess on February 27, 2012.

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