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Alexander Calder James Johnson Sweeney, Museum of Modern Art, 1943. 64 pages. Signed twice, dated, and inscribed by the artist.

Calder: Early Work-Rediscovered, Perls Galleries, 1967. upaginated pages. Sold with additional loose frontispiece signed, inscribed, and dated by the artist.

Calder Fernand Leger, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1969. unpaginated.

Calder H. Harvard Arnason, The Viking Press, 1971. 216 pages.

Calder Space: Drawings 1930-1932, Gouaches 1967-1968, Perls Galleries, 1968. unpaginated.

Calder James Johnson Sweeney, Foundation Maeght, 1969. 227 pages.

Calder: The Forties, Thomas Dane, 2005. 52 pages.

Alexander Calder: A Concentration of Works from the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art Patterson Sims, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1981. 32 pages.

Three Young Rats and Other Rhymes James Johnson Sweeney, Museum of Modern Art, 1946. 134 pages.

Alexander Calder from the Collection of the Ruth and Leonard J. Horwich Family, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992. 24 pages. Signed and inscribed by numerous attendees of the opening exhibition.

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Alexander Calder 1898–1976

Born in 1898 to Nanette Lederer Calder and Alexander Stirling Calder, a painter and a sculptor respectively, Alexander Calder was encouraged to be creative and make things by hand. As a child he made gifts for his family and jewelry for his sister’s dolls. In 1915, Calder attended Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey graduating in 1919 with a degree in mechanical engineering because his parents didn’t want him to struggle as an artist. After completing school, Calder work a myriad of jobs including draftsman for Edison Company, a staff member at Lumber magazine, coloring maps for a hydraulics engineer and timekeeper for a logging camp.

In the spring of 1922 Calder attended night classes in drawing and the following year he decides to pursue a career as a painter. By 1925 Calder had his first art exhibition and in 1926 he made his first sculptures out of wood and wire. Calder relocated to Paris, socializing with the Parisian avant-garde, and started making mechanical toys and abstract sculptures. His kinetic works, a departure from traditional sculpture, became known as ‘mobiles’, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp.

Calder’s artistic endeavors ranged from mobiles to stabiles (static sculptures) both small and large, to jewelry and paintings. Today his works can be found in numerous museum collections around the world including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

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