Gray Calder Youth T-Shirt

About the Artist

The National Gallery is home to a wide variety of mobiles, stabiles, standing mobiles, and works on paper by American master Alexander Calder (1898–1976). Calder is best known for his invention of the mobile, or kinetic abstract sculpture, which he began making in Paris in the early 1930s, as well as his radical wire sculpture. He also applied his innovative aesthetic to diverse media such as jewelry and theater sets. From the 1950s onward, he gained international renown for his monumental sculptures, which grace public plazas and parks worldwide.

Gray Calder Youth T-Shirt

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This children's T-shirt is inspired by Alexander Calder's 76-foot-long mobile that has served as the icon of the Gallery's East Building and gracefully presided over its central court since 1977.


Calder created his first moving abstract sculptures, or mobiles, in the early 1930s. Using an ingenious system of weights and counterbalances, he eventually designed constructions that moved freely when suspended, powered only by slight air currents. The work he created for the East Building, Untitled (1976), is by far the largest example of this type of motorless construction.

  • 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Machine wash and tumble dry

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