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Alexander Calder

Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere

About Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder (b. 1898, Lawnton, Pennsylvania; d. 1976, New York) is one of the most acclaimed and influential sculptors of the twentieth century. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, a kinetic construction of suspended abstract elements that describe individual movements, moving and balancing in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheets of steel, many of which stand in public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Calder’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at major museums around the world, including Performing Sculpture, Tate Modern, London (2016); Motion Lab, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2016); Calder Monumental, Denver Botanic Gardens (2017); Hypermobility, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Scaling Up, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); Radical Inventor, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2018); and Calder-Picasso at the Musée Picasso, Paris (2019).


We are thrilled to announce our inaugural season of programming for our new flagship gallery in New York City, located at 540 West 25th Street. After almost six decades of history in Manhattan, we will cement its commitment to Chelsea with a new global headquarters in the heart of the neighborhood. Open to the public on September 14, 2019, we will present a series of exhibitions throughout the new building that highlight artists from across its program, including Alexander Calder, Loie Hollowe