Alexander Calder Antennae with Red and Blue Dots 1960

Artwork details

Artist
Alexander Calder 1898–1976
Title
Antennae with Red and Blue Dots
Date 1960
Medium Aluminium and steel wire
Dimensions Object: 1111 x 1283 x 1283 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Reference
T00541
Not on display

Display caption

Calder’s suspended wire sculptures were given the name ‘mobiles’ by Marcel Duchamp. Several abstract shapes, normally in a palette of primary colours, black and white, are attached to wires in a way reminiscent of the growth of branches on trees. For the writer Jean-Paul Sartre, Calder’s sculptures were ‘at once lyrical inventions, technical, almost mathematical combinations, and the perceptible symbol of Nature: great elusive Nature, squandering pollen and abruptly causing a thousand butterflies to take wing’.

July 2008

About this artwork