Alexander Calder

Pinwheel, c. 1970

Lithograph. From an edition of 30
Pencil signed and numbered
62 x 46 inches (157.4 x 116.8 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
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Descending from a long line of sculptors – his father Alexander Stirling Calder is the artist behind some of the world’s most famous public sculptures, such as George Washington as President in New York City’s Washington Square Park – Alexander ‘Sandy’ Calder is a renowned American sculptor. Studying to become a mechanical engineer in his early days, Calder became famous for creating ‘mobiles’, or kinetic sculptures that contained discrete moving parts that gave the objects motion. He would also pioneer a form of sculpture that would be named by his peers ‘stabiles’ – stationary sculptures that were self-supporting and abstract. His monumental public sculpture ‘Floating Clouds’ is considered a Unesco World Heritage Site.

This lithograph features Calder’s most iconic artistic subject – the mobile pinwheel that many of us probably remember from our childhood. Though the colors are bold and the lines clean, they convey a three-dimensionality. Fascinated by movement and mechanical toys, this work on paper embodies the artist’s kinetic signature.

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