Title: Les Fleurs
Artist: Alexander Calder
Image Size: 32x24
Retail Price: $4,500
A - $4,250 Dec 2013
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C - $3,750 Apr 2014
Taken From AskArt
CALDER IN BLOOM
A walk in the park with the great American sculptor.
by PETER SCHJELDAHL
An interviewer once asked Alexander Calder if he ever felt sad. "When I think I might start to," he replied, "I fall asleep." On another occasion, he spoke of the "big advantage" he had because of his inclination to be "happy by nature." Calder, who died in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight, in fine productive fettle almost to the end, made many such remarks, which are certain to daunt ordinary maladjusted citizens.
Perhaps vengefully, some people persist in regarding him as trivial, which he isn't. His work is often great, sometimes O.K., and once in a while fairly bad, but it always operates at a high level of formal and philosophical intelligence. It also wears well.
The plangent insouciance of Calder's best work looks ever stronger and, in a real way, more serious than most other canonical styles of the twentieth century. (And the flat champagne of his failures comes across as a test to see if we're paying attention.)
Above all, Calder was an extraordinarily successful maker of public art in an age when the terms "public" and "art" began to consort with each other like cats in a sack. It's not quite that we love his costume jewelry for the world's plazas. Better, we take it in stride as self-explanatory and all but inevitable. A Calder doesn't set off the questions that abort so much public art in our democracy: What is that? What is it doing there? When will it go away?
A rangy outdoor and indoor exhibition, "Grand Intuitions: Calder's Monumental Sculpture," curated by Alexander S. C. Rower, a grandson of the artist, has just opened at the Storm King Art Center, in Mountainville, New York; it will remain for three years.
The New Yorker, June, 2001
Lived and Active in this Region(s) Connecticut, New York, France
Known For: Modernist drawing and Kinetic sculpture