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Homage to Alexander Calder G. di San Lazzaro, Tudor Publishing Co., 1971. 112 pages. Signed and inscribed twice to the interior illustration by the artist. Book retains original four-color lithograph.

Calder H. H. Arnason, Van Nostrand, 1966. 192 pages. Signed and inscribed by the artist.

Alexander Calder James Johnson Sweeney, Museum of Modern Art, 1951. 80 pages.

Calder Creatures Great and Small Jean Lipman, Dutton, 1985. 80 pages.

Calder / Chicago James Johnson Sweeney, General Services Administration, 1973. unpaginated.

Calder: Bronze Sculptures of 1944, Perls Galleries, 1969. unpaginated.

Calder Autobiographie Alexander Calder, Maeght Editeur, 1972. 211 pages. Book retains three original two-page lithographs.

Calder: The Jerusalem Stabile Yona Fischer, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1980. unpaginated.

Calder's Circus Jean Lipman, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1972. 171 pages.

Alexander Calder from the Collection of the Ruth and Leonard J. Horwich Family Kevin E. Consey, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1992. 24 pages. Two copies.

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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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