Alexander Calder’s Abstract Modernism
Philadelphia born American sculptor, painter, and illustrator, Alexander Calder is known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents. Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement, first though performances of his mechanical Calder’s Circus and later with motorized works, and, finally, with hanging works called “mobiles.”
In 1930 Alexander Calder joined the artists group “Abstraction-Création”. Besides his beloved sculptures, he introduced graphic art and gouaches to his aesthetic. What we love about his paintings is the modernism and futuristic elements that are hidden beneath primary colors and geometric shapes.