Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
Library Shelf Location 18.CALD
Publication Date 2015


  • Performance or post-performance / Penelope Curtis -- Composing motions : staging Calder's 'performing sculpture' / Ann Coxon -- Calder's carnival / Alex J. Taylor -- Between Paris and New York : fountains, fluidity, politics / Marko Daniel -- Wind chimes of modernity : Calder's 1948 trip to Brazil / SeĢrgio B. Martins -- Earle Brown's Calder piece and Alexander Calder's Chef d'orchestre / Thomas Fichter -- Work in progress, or, 'My life in nineteen minutes' / Vassilis Oikonomopoulos -- Plates -- Select chronology / Alexander S.C. Rower.


  • American sculptor Alexander Calder was a radical figure who pioneered kinetic sculpture, bringing movement to static objects. Calder travelled to Paris in the 1920s, having originally trained as an engineer, and by 1931 he had invented the mobile, a term coined by Duchamp to describe Calder’s sculptures which moved of their own accord. His dynamic works brought to life the avant-garde’s fascination with movement, and brought sculpture into the fourth dimension. Continuing Tate Modern’s acclaimed reassessments of key figures in modernism, 'Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture' will reveal how motion, performance and theatricality underpinned his practice. It will bring together major works from museums around the world, as well as showcasing his collaborative projects in the fields of film, theatre, music and dance.--Tate website.
  • The first major retrospective of the work of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) in the UK for twenty years opens at Tate Modern in November 2015. Calder was one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century. He is known for his invention of the mobile and, as a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, played an essential role in reshaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture will explore the notion of performance as a driving force in Calder's sculpture and his use of other media including drawing, design, film and theatre. It traces the evolution of his kinetic vocabulary, from his initial years entertaining the artistic bohemia of inter-war Paris with performances of his Circus, to his later life, when he became hugely popular for his mobile and stabile sculptures. Focusing on this aspect of performance in Calder's work, the catalogue will feature new research from a panel of expert writers, and will draw on the relationship between gallery presentation and the interpretation of Calder's work, considering the theatricality of sculpture within the gallery space.


  • Ann Coxon: Curator, Displays & International Art, at Tate Modern. Penelope Curtis: Director, Tate Britain Marko Daniel: Convenor, Public Programmes, Tate Thomas Fichter: Executive Director, The Earle Brown Music Foundation Sergio B. Martins: Professor of History of Art, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Vassilis Oikonomopoulos: Assistant Curator, Tate Modern Alex Taylor: Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art, Tate


ISBN 9781849763448
Quantity 1
Pages 238 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 29 cm.
Editor Achim Borchardt-Hume
Authors Alison Smith, Ann Coxon
Format Paperback
Publisher Tate Publishing
Related Artist Alexander Calder
Categories Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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