About the Artist
Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is best known for his large, colorful sculpture, which incorporate elements of humor and chance into uniquely engineered structures. In the early 1930s, inspired by the color and composition of Piet Mondrian's work, Calder created his breakthrough mobiles. At first these abstract sculptures were motorized; later Calder modified his design to allow free-floating movement, powered only by air currents. These signature works incorporated Calder's interests in physics, astronomy, and kinetics, and above all, his sense of play.
This gray tee features a colorful rendering of Alexander Calder's 76-foot-long mobile that has served as the icon of the Gallery's East Building and gracefully presided over its atrium 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 move freely when suspended in response to 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.
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