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Acrobats by Alexander Calder

By Irishkate  
The above image is from an Art & Textile Exhibition which I was at last week at New Lanark. I decided I'll probably do an Audio Visual of the textiles and learn something about the well known and lesser known artists work which was on display. I was not familiar with the featured artist but our American cousins will probably know more.
If you can add to what I've extracted here please do.
Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Pa. He attended the Art Students League, where he was influenced by artists of the Ash Can school. In 1926 he moved to Paris and developed his miniature circus. He is best known as the inventor of the mobile.Calder's first significant recognition as an artist came when he exhibited his now-famous miniature circus with its animated wire performers at Paris's Salon des Humoristes in 1927. The idea for the toy figures can be traced back to sketches he made in 1925 while reporting on the circus for the Police Gazette. Made from wire, rubber, cork, buttons, bottle caps, wood, and other small "found" objects, Calder's circus includes lions, acrobats, trapeze artists, elephants, a ringmaster, and numerous other figures. Unlike many art works of the period, the unusual creation drew crowds from outside the artistic community as well as within, and the thirty-year-old artist found himself suddenly widely known.
Had a busy week with family, got a new laptop and power washed my patio!
Hope this finds you all well.
Kate Grin

Tags: Specialist and abstract Specialist abstract Alexander Calder Sculptor American Sculptor mobile inventor

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Comments


A remarkable piece - the textile and the photograph GrinGrinGrinGrin
16 Apr 2018 11:00AM
great you brought this up, dear Kate
a most talented and innovative artist
and an absolutely amazing work by Calder here
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
16 Apr 2018 11:05AM
Amazing piece of work, would make great wallpaper! Grin
Have a good week, Kate Wink
Trev m)Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2018 11:30AM
Fascinating!!! Good informative write up as well Kate!
Lovely subject and colours... Isabel GrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
16 Apr 2018 12:01PM
Just have been so interesting...great design on the fabric
16 Apr 2018 12:35PM
A quirky image and great info Kate.
I'll leave the acrobatics to someone else. Smile

JohnSmile
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2018 1:26PM
Wonderful subject, love the colours and reading all about it too.
16 Apr 2018 1:41PM
Wonderful piece of work
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Apr 2018 1:59PM
Calder has a favorite of mine since forever--- I can now remember making mobiles with the children modeled after Calder's ideas-- hanging them here and there--- delighted you have found him--- Carry on!

Check out Miro as well!
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2018 2:27PM
Nice crisp photograph, very informative description.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2018 3:15PM
Quirky and the one in blue looks frightened stiff Kate.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
16 Apr 2018 4:00PM
I thought it was wallpaper Kate. Enjoyed the write up very much.
Joan
Wonderful looking statement excellent capture well done Kate.
WesternRed.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2018 9:40AM
Well captured Kate, very interesting write up SmileSmile

Cliff
28 Apr 2018 3:40PM
Fabulous fabric Kate

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