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Alexander Calder

looks at the works, working methods, and life of a man who revolutionized sculpture by introducing movement as a key component. Take a virtual tour of the "mobiles" (a form of sculpture he invented) and "stabiles" that use untraditional materials and that, at the time, challenged the prevailing notion of sculpture as a composition of masses and volumes. Learn how this mechanical engineering student ended up creating a new type of public sculpture. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Calder came from a family of Philadelphia artists, but art was not his first career choice as a young man. He was fascinated with mechanical devices throughout childhood, and his parents were supportive when he enrolled to study mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, in 1915.
'Cheval Rouge (Red Horse),' 1974, Alexander Calder.  American, 1898-1976, painted sheet metal.  Courtesy Calder Foundation, New York

Cheval Rouge (Red Horse)

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