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Alexander Calder in Focus

Polychrome and Horizontal Bluebird
Polychrome and Horizontal Bluebird Image courtesy of Alexander Calder, 1954.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, 60611

Though Alexander Calder began his career as an artist focused on drawing and painting, he is best known for creating colorful, whimsical stabiles, mobiles, and large-scale sculptures of natural forms simplified into dynamic, often whimsical creatures. His explorations of both geometric and organic shapes have distinguished him as an innovator of art that responds to its physical environment. A collection of such works appear in a small exhibition presented annually at the MCA. Drawn primarily from the Leonard and Ruth Horwich Family Loan, the pieces date from 1927 to 1968, and demonstrate the artist’s development throughout his 50-year career.

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