Alexander Calder


Born in 1898 in Lawnton; he developed an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.”

Alexander Calder,  (born July 22, 1898, Lawnton, Pennsylvania; died November 11, 1976, New York, New York), was an american artist best known for his innovation of the mobile suspended sheet metal and wire assemblies that are activated in space by air currents.

Visually fascinating and emotionally engaging, those sculptures – along with his monumental outdoor bolted sheet metal stabiles, which only imply movement –make Calder one of the most-recognizable and beloved modern artists.

He also made a smaller number of sculptures in the more-traditional materials of wood and bronze and did paintings, mostly in gouache, as well as drawings, including illustrations for books, and prints, and was an inventive designer of jewelry.

Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder
Lawnton, 1898

Current Exhibitions

Art & Jewelry

Custot Gallery

19 Mar — 02 Jun
Many of the greatest artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries have turned both their thoughts and talent to jewelry.The exhibition presents bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings created by artists and designers as a proof of love for their...

Past Exhibitions

Cahiers d’Art: From Calder to Sugimoto

21/02/2018 — 05/05/2018

Alexander Calder & David Smith

Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
12/06/2017 — 16/09/2017

Tudo Joia

Bergamin & Gomide
28/10/2016 — 26/11/2016

Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906 – 1977

Shanghai Exhibition Center 07/10/2016 — 15/01/2017

Calder and Brazilian Art

Itaú Cultural
31/08/2016 — 23/09/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Lawnton Country of birth: Pennsylvania Date of birth: 1898