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Alexander Calder

[American Abstract Kinetic Artist, 1898-1976]

• Relationships: Member of the Abstraction-Creation Group in Paris, 1930s.
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I love red so much that I almost want to paint everything red.Alexander Calder


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Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteAlexander Calder at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
William Penn, 1886

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
Click "View all" to see a total of 14 works online

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!
"Artists in Depth" page for Alexander Calder

Notable SiteMattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
The museum has a collection of works by Calder

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Crab, 1962

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Vertical Constellation with Bomb

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2 works by Calder

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   NEW!

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteAlexander Calder at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteStädel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Red Lily

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
4 works online

Notable SiteWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City
Information about a 2008 exhibition

Notable SiteWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Akron Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
(Click on the "View objects by this artist" link)

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Yellow Among Reds

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Landscape with Country House

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
Three Worms and A New Moon, 1949

Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, California
The Hawk for Peace, 1968

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois
Untitled, ca.1970

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine (Zoomable)
untitled (The Red Cone), painted metal, ca.1950

Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Indiana

Brighton & Hove Museums, England

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Connecticut
Information about a 2009-2010 exhibition: Alexander Calder: Printmaker

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Connecticut
Elephant, ca.1945-55

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Centre Pompidou, Paris (in French)  
Information about the 2009 exhibition Alexander Calder. Les années parisiennes (1926-1933)

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Untitled, 1946

Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Black Dot in the Air, 1950

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire
5 works online

DePaul University Museum, Chicago
Boomerang, lithograph, 1975

Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland   NEW!

Fundació Suñol, Barcelona

GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
Red mobile

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York
Flash slideshow; Click "Works on Paper" and navigate to work #9

Howard University Art Collection, Washington D.C.
Balloons, ca.1974

Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee
Pregnant Whale, 1963

Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, New York
Waves, 1973

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Numbered One to Seven, 1950

Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
Alphabetically under "C"

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi

Lille Metropole Musee d'Art Moderne, France (in French)  

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
(Note: Click the title to view the artwork details, not the thumbnail image.)

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
9 works online

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont
Black, Two Discs in the Air

Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana
Pyramids, 1975

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée de Grenoble, France (in French)  
Monsieur Loyal, 1967

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Mobil, 1931

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)  

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Polychrome and Horizontal Bluebird

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Tricolor on Pyramid, 1965

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Grasshopper, ca.1947

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
Caracas, 1955

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California
Untitled, gouache on paper, 1966

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (in Spanish)  

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
The Whirling Ear

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

Seattle Art Museum

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
Snake on Arch

Alexander Calder at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
From "Getting the Picture: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art"

Alexander Calder at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
Letter from Calder to Ben Shahn. Amusingly, what appears to be sketch for one of Calder's designs turns out to be a map to his home in Connecticut.

Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Le Halebardier, 1971

Sweeney Art Gallery at U.C. Riverside, California
Untitled, lithograph

U.S. Senate Art Collection
Mountains and Clouds

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

University of Kentucky Art Museum
The Star, 1960

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum
Grey Oval (select from the drop-down list)

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Hanging Mobile, 1951

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
Hooked Rug

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project
12 works documented

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Some of Calder's public works, mixed in with random photos

USC Annenberg School for Communication

Additional Image Search Tools:
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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteCalder Foundation

Art Collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia
Composition, 37/140, 1973

Dickinson Agents and Dealers in Fine Art, London, UK -- Notable past sales

Los Angeles Police Department, Art Theft Detail
Little Roxbury

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory

Biography, from the American Masters TV series

The Androom Archives
Five Wings

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Fish Mobile

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Mobile, painted steel

Toronto Sculpture, Ontario, Canada

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Alexander Calder  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
The Three, 1966

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Crabs, gouache, 1961

Art + Auction Magazine
Artist Dossier -- "The American sculptor's mobiles and stabiles still dominate his auction market, but his quirkier creations now have their own following"

Alexander Calder at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
1971 interview from the Oral History project

Alexander Calder at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
The Alexander Calder papers online

The Art Story

The New York Observer
"Saluting Alexander Calder, American Painter in Paris", article by Hilton Kramer

The New Yorker
"Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933" at the Whitney, brief 2008 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker
"Grand Intuitions: Calder's Monumental Sculpture" at Storm King Art Center, 2001 review by Peter Schjeldahl

Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Appraisals
"1958 Alexander Calder Maquette"

The Charlie Rose Interview Show (PBS)
1998 panel discussion about the great American sculptor Alexander Calder

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
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Alexander Calder, 1898-1976

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Alexander Calder

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Calder: 1898-1976

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Animal Sketching (Dover)

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Calder In Connecticut

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Alexander Calder and His Magical Mobiles


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