Alexander Calder

Mobile

c.1932

Medium
Metal, wood, wire and string
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1500 x 2000 x 2000 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1992
On long term loan
Reference
L01686

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By suspending forms that move with the flow of air, Calder revolutionised sculpture. Marcel Duchamp dubbed these works ‘mobiles’. Rather than a solid object of mass and weight, they continually redefine the space around them as they move. Calder’s subtle balance of form and colour resulted in works that suggest an animated version of paintings by friends such as Joan Miró. This very early example was acquired by Julian Trevelyan when he first got to know Calder in the early 1930s.

Gallery label, July 2008

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