Alexander Calder

Avant-garde in Motion

Edited by Marion Ackermann and Susanne Meyer-Büser

Alexander Calder

Edited by Marion Ackermann and Susanne Meyer-Büser

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

144 pages | 100 color plates, 1 DVD | 10 2/5 x 13 3/5 | © 2013
Cloth w/ DVD $39.95 ISBN: 9783777420608 Published October 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
Alexander Calder is one of the most important—and most popular—American artists of the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated volume accompanies an exhibit at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf that focuses on Calder’s works of the 1930s and ’40s, a period in which the sculptor experimented with a number of wildly different artistic directions.
In addition to showcasing a large number of Calder’s early abstract sculptures, this book also presents key works by his contemporaries, artists such as Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró, and Jean Arp. By setting Calder’s work alongside that of other artists, the volume establishes not only lines of influence and differentiation, but also the larger context in which he created his sculptures. Beautiful full-page images of Calder’s iconic mobiles and stabiles give a rare sense of Calder’s often playful use of space, and enable readers to study his work in detail. An accompanying DVD includes historical and experimental films, avant-garde music, interviews, and a walk through the exhibition, bringing the whole of Calder’s achievement to life in unprecedented fashion.


Marion Ackermann


Alexander S. C. Rower


Avant-Garde in Motion

Susanne Meyer-Büser

Calder and Sound

Gryphon Rue Rower-Upjohn

Play Objects: Theatricality in the Work of Alexander Calder

Daniela Hahn



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Art Desk
“Calder brought playful motion to high art: primary colors hanging in the balance of that kinetic object of infancy, the mobile. [Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion] celebrates the achievements of this American master with new insight and photos of the man at work.”
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