Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 Jed Perl Calder The Conquest of Time The Early Years The first biography of America s greatest twentieth century sculptor Alexander Calder an authoritative and revelatory achievement based on a wealth of letters and papers never before available and
  • Title: Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940
  • Author: Jed Perl
  • ISBN: 9780307272720
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 Jed PerlThe first biography of America s greatest twentieth century sculptor, Alexander Calder an authoritative and revelatory achievement, based on a wealth of letters and papers never before available, and written by one of our most renowned art critics.Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century Anybody who has ever set footThe first biography of America s greatest twentieth century sculptor, Alexander Calder an authoritative and revelatory achievement, based on a wealth of letters and papers never before available, and written by one of our most renowned art critics.Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century Anybody who has ever set foot in a museum knows him as the inventor of the mobile, America s unique contribution to modern art But only now, forty years after the artist s death, is the full story of his life being told in this biography, which is based on unprecedented access to Calder s letters and papers as well as scores of interviews Jed Perl shows us why Calder was and remains a barrier breaker, an avant garde artist with mass appeal This beautifully written, deeply researched book opens with Calder s wonderfully peripatetic upbringing in Philadelphia, California, and New York Born in 1898 into a family of artists his father was a well known sculptor, his mother a painter and a pioneering feminist Calder went on as an adult to forge important friendships with a who s who of twentieth century artists, including Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp, Georges Braque, and Piet Mondrian We move through Calder s early years studying engineering to his first artistic triumphs in Paris in the late 1920s, and to his emergence as a leader in the international abstract avant garde His marriage in 1931 to the free spirited Louisa James she was a great niece of Henry James is a richly romantic story, related here with a wealth of detail and nuance Calder s life takes on a transatlantic richness, from New York s Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, to the Left Bank of Paris during the Depression, and then back to the United States, where the Calders bought a run down old farmhouse in western Connecticut New light is shed on Calder s lifelong interest in dance, theater, and performance, ranging from the Cirque Calder, the theatrical event that became his calling card in bohemian Paris to collaborations with the choreographer Martha Graham and the composer Virgil Thomson More than 350 illustrations in color and black and white including little known works and many archival photographs that have never before been seen further enrich the story.
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  1. A gift from my wife for Christmas An enthralling read For me, fills in some of the history and philosophical underpinnings of the modern movement from 1918 on Son and grandson of sculptors, Calder begins by getting a degree in engineering, but soon discovers that slide rules are not for him Still the practical foundation in mechanics stood him in good stead later and smoothed the way toward the invention of the mobile.The author makes the point that Calder was very much involved in the artistic [...]

  2. I must first admit that I am quite the art history junkie, particularly for modern, abstract and post modern work if that is not your thing, then this might not be for you Even so, Perl makes a solid argument for why Sandy should be considered among the very best of his era, and certainly a leader in changing abstract sculpture and painting Just like the first time a saw a Calder installation and was completely enthralled, this book provides the same emotional thrill along with intellectual and [...]

  3. Perl seems really to excuse Calder for how miserable the artistic women in his family were his mother, his wife, his sister, even perhaps his daughters.All the women in his life had equal, if not greater artistic talents than male family members, and all were expected to sacrifice their artistic lives to serve the ambitions of men.This was typical of the time, but still, tragic And Perl doesn t seem to mind much, even thought he does mention it, because Calder was a genius, so that s what really [...]

  4. The vast number of images of Calder s works and the very detailed chronology of his life up to 1940 makes this book I really enjoyed that the images were pretty much in chronological order and I appreciate it that the text and images work together to document the evolution of Caulders work I did tire quickly of the constant speculation by the author To me, it almost seemed like the reiteration of the gossip pages of the time The editing out of much of the speculative material would ve resulted i [...]

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