Alexander Calder - Radical Inventor - the exhibition catalogue from Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/National Gallery of Victoria available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Alexander Calder - Radical Inventor

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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) as a radical inventor: an artist who discarded convention and disrupted hierarchies, overturning the traditional basis of culture while revolutionising the way people perceive and interact with art. Calder's "new line" was not simply an evolution of forms and styles. From the start, it was quite clear to all who witnessed him at work that - in his own way of drawing attention and gaining notoriety - he was doing something radically new.

This catalogue shows how Calder's work emerged from expectations of change in American popular culture. Calder, who was initially attracted to the structure and functions of circuses, looked for alternative models to triumph over respectability, public decorum and the ambitions of industry. This catalogue, with twelve essays from major contributors, will examine how Calder, among the first college-trained artists, found techniques and inspiration in many disciplines and their development, including technology, engineering, architecture, physics and astronomy.

All these contributed to the development of his wire sculptures, mobiles, and stabiles. More than 100 works and comparative illustrations will guide the reader through this innovative and unique path.

  • Author: Anne Grace
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Date published: November 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-8874398287
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.9 cm 

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