Focus: Alexander Calder

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Sep 14, 2007–Apr 14, 2008

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Alexander Calder. Josephine Baker (III). c. 1927. Steel wire. The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of the artist. © 2007 Estate of Alexander Calder/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • MoMA, Floor 5, Collection Galleries The Estée and Joseph H. Lauder Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 11

Alexander Calder is best known for his mobiles—abstract sculptures made of independent parts that incorporate natural or mechanical movement. This installation, which includes early mobiles and wire sculptures, focuses on works created between the late 1920s and the late 1940s, prior to Calder’s shift to monumental constructions and public works. These works demonstrate the humor, visual sophistication, and inventiveness of his approach to making art, which quietly revolutionized ideas about what modern sculpture could be.

Organized by Anne Umland, Curator, with Veronica Roberts, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

This exhibition, part of an ongoing series highlighting noteworthy aspects of the Museum’s collection, is made possible by BNP Paribas.

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