Calder’s Shadows

Alexander Calder is an American sculptor best known for his wire sculptures and mobiles. An exhibit of his works is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Calder pieces are displayed in all white rooms. The lighting casts shadows of the sculptures onto the bright white walls behind them. Those shadows made these pieces even more interesting.

Snow Flurry I, Alexander Calder
Snow Flurry I
Portrait of a Man, Alexander Calder
There are two wire “portraits” in this image. To the left of each is its shadow.
A Universe, Alexander Calder
A Universe
Gibraltar and White Panel, Alexander Calder
Gibraltar and White Panel
Swizzle Sticks, Alexander Calder
Swizzle Sticks

On an overcast day, there was little shadow on the pieces exhibited outdoors in the museum’s sculpture garden.

Sandy's Butterfly, Alexander Calder
Sandy’s Butterfly
Man-Eater with Pennants, Alexander Calder
Man-Eater with Pennants

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4 Responses to Calder’s Shadows

  1. Donna Janke says:

    The shadows are indeed cool. Interesting pieces.

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  2. Grand Rapdis Michigan has a Calder sculpture situated in the Calder Plaza (of course!), 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. An element of pride here is west Michigan.

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  3. Bumba says:

    We had a Calder exhibition in LA a few years ago. What a prolific artist and creative artist. There’s a joyfulness in nearly everything he made.

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  4. I worked under a Calder mobile at the Stevens Institute of Technology’s library in Hoboken, years ago, he was an alum.

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