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5 Lesser Known Works of Calder

Balance, shape, and energy flow through the work of great American artist Alexander Calder, who redefined and imbued sculpture with movement. He employed the use of wire in his work to shape new meanings, forming figurative line drawings into 3D beings, then hanging shapes from wire in delicate balance that interacted with air currents. These “mobiles” became Calder’s most celebrated mark on art history, becoming the piece most associated with his practice. His innovation extends far beyond the mobile, producing an arsenal of over 20,000 works throughout his life, now included in museums, galleries, and private collections around the world. In honor of this great artist’s birthday this week, take a look at these Calder works that demonstrate his innovative spirit.

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