Artist

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Drawing of un effet du japonais, c. 1943
Ink on paper
11.5 x 10.5 in. (29.2 x 26.7 cm)
Inscribed lower right: mobile

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Drawing of the White Frame, c. 1942
Ink on paper
11.5 x 10.5 in. (29.2 x 26.7 cm)
Inscribed lower center: Mobile

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Drawing of Untitled, c. 1943
Ink on paper 
11 x 9 in. (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mobile
Inscribed upper center: thread wireI

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Drawing of Untitled, c. 1943
Ink on paper
10.5 x 10.5 in. (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Inscribed lower right: mobile

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Untitled, 1943
Ink on paper
11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Sigend and dated lower right: Calder '43

1898 Born in Philadelphia, PA

1909 Parents provide him with a workshop at age eleven

1919 Graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ
Worked as engineer at logging camp in Washington state

1923 Moved to New York, NY and attended Art Students League
Worked as illustrator for newspapers and advertisers

1925 Employed at Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo, New York, NY

1926 Attended Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France

1931 Settled in Paris, France

1933 Moved back to the U.S. and buys house in Roxbury, CT

1939 Commissioned to make mobile installed in main stairwell of Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1949 Constructed largest mobile to date, hung over main stairwell of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1952 Awarded grand prize for sculpture, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1957–1958 Received several commissions for large-scale public sculpture, including a mobile for JFK Airport commissioned by Port Authority of New York and a stabile for UNESCO Paris headquarters

1967–1968 Sculpture commissions for Expo ’67 in Montreal and 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

1976 Died in New York, NY

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