The mobiles started when I went to see Mondrian. I was impressed by several coloured rectangles he had on the wall. Shortly after that I made some mobiles; Mondrian claimed his paintings were faster than my mobiles.
Interview with Katharine Kuh, The Artist’s Voice 1962
When an artist explains what he is doing he usually has to do one of two things: either scrap what he has explained, or make his subsequent work fit in with the explanation.
Calder, Mobiles, The Painter’s Object, edited by Myfanwy Evans (London: Gerold Howe, 1937).
My fingers always seem busier than my mind.
Calder,The Evolution manuscript, Calder Foundation archives, 1955–56.
Just as one can compose colours, or forms, so one can compose motions.
Calder, Modern Painting and Sculpture, exh. cat. (Pittsfield, Mass.: Berkshire Museum, 1933).
Each element able to move, to stir, to oscillate, to come and go in its relationships with the other elements in its universe.
Calder, ‘Comment réaliser l’art?’ Abstraction-Création, Art Non Figuratif, no. 1 (1932).
My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, masses and movement.
Calder, Interview with Katharine Kuh, The Artist’s Voice 1962
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