Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

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Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic, edited by Stephanie Barron and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, features contributions by Stephanie Barron, Ilene Susan Fort, Aleca Le Blanc, Jed Perl, and Harriet F. Senie.

This book accompanies Calder and Abstraction, a major exhibition organized by LACMA. Alexander Calder’s most beloved creations, from his mobiles to his public sculpture, are examined from every angle in this stunning book.

Widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Calder revolutionized modern sculpture, most significantly with his kinetic works, for which Marcel Duchamp coined the term “mobiles.” Later in his career, Calder created enormous versions of these mobiles, and their arching forms, dynamic surfaces, and sheer mass reflected his fascination with engineering and technology. This book examines both the earlier, interior-scaled works and the public works that continue to fascinate viewers around the world. Filled with images of Calder’s elegant, colorful, floating shapes, it offers critical texts that enrich our understanding of this innovative artist and includes an illustrated exhibition chronology and a list of selected readings.

-Hardbound
-208 pages, 12 x 9-1/4 inches
-100 color and 60 b&w illustrations
-2013

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