Alexander Calder
Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c.1953

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Alexander Calder 1898–1976
Antennae with Red and Blue Dots
Date c.1953
Medium Aluminium and steel wire
Dimensions Object: 1111 x 1283 x 1283 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1962
On display at Tate Modern
Exhibition: Alexander Calder

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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

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