Wire Sculpture
First Abstract Constructions
Early Mobiles / Biomorphic Forms
Panels, Frames, First Stabiles / Wood Sculpture
Mobiles / Maquettes
Late 1940s-1950s
Monumental Sculpture / Towers and Gongs
Post 1950

Wire Sculpture

Attracted by Paris' reputation as an artistic center, Calder moved there in 1926 and earned his living as an illustrator and a toy designer. At the same time, he was developing a miniature circus of articulated performers in wire, a material that he soon adapted for his sculpture. Working in this radical new medium was tantamount to drawing in space. In a series of wire portraits and full-size figures from the late 1920s, Calder captured with humor the salient features of his subjects, from president Calvin Coolidge and entertainer Josephine Baker, to his artist friend Joan Miró.

terms of use | home | Go to our page on Facebook Go to our page on Twitter