"Radical Inventor - A Retrospective of Alexander Calder" by Anne Grace

Radical Inventor - A Retrospective of Alexander Calder Anne Grace, Elizabeth Hutton Turner, W. Bernard Carlson, Linda Henderson, Pascal Jacob, Abigail Mack, Vanja Malloy, Eleonora Nagy, Arnauld Pierre, Emily C. Reed

Publication date:
25 Sep 2018
Five Continents Editions
256 pages: 240 x 280 x 0mm

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) as a radical inventor: an artist who discarded convention and disrupted hierarchies, overturning the traditional basis of culture while revolutionising the way people perceive and interact with art. Calder's "new line" was not simply an evolution of forms and styles. From the start, it was quite clear to all who witnessed him at work that - in his own way of drawing attention and gaining notoriety - he was doing something radically new. This catalogue shows how Calder's work emerged from expectations of change in American popular culture. Calder, who was initially attracted to the structure and functions of circuses, looked for alternative models to triumph over respectability, public decorum and the ambitions of industry. This catalogue, with twelve essays from major contributors, will examine how Calder, among the first college-trained artists, found techniques and inspiration in many disciplines and their development, including technology, engineering, architecture, physics and astronomy. All these contributed to the development of his wire sculptures, mobiles, and stabiles. More than 100 works and comparative illustrations will guide the reader through this innovative and unique path.

Elizabeth Hutton Turner is Professor of Modern Art at the University of Virginia, former Senior Curator of the Phillips Collection and a renowned scholar of Calder's work. She has also acted as a consultant for the Calder Museum Project in Philadelphia and has been project director, author and editor for several exhibition catalogues of Calder's work.||Anne Grace is the organising curator of Radical Inventor: A Retrospective of Alexander Calder and Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In her former role as Curator of Modern Art at the MMFA, she co-organised numerous exhibitions, mostrecently From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914 (2014).||W. Bernard Carlson, an expert on the role of technology and innovation in American history, is a professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Virginia.||Linda Henderson is a professor in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus on the relation of modern art to geometry, science and technology.||Pascal Jacob is a circus arts historian, a teacher at circus schools, and the artistic director of Cirque Phenix and the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Author of more than 30 books on the history of circus arts, he is a collector of historical circus paraphernalia and publications.||Abigail Mack is an independent conservator and advisor to the Calder Foundation. She has a specific interest in large-scale and monumental sculpture and is involved in an ongoing research project to develop more durable coatings for painted outdoor sculpture.||Vanja Malloy is Curator of American Art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. A former Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has authored Presenting Alexander Calder: A Review of Current Exhibition Practices (2015) and Rethinking Alexander Calder's Universes and Mobiles: The Influences of Einsteinian Physics and Modern Astronomy (2012).||Eleonora Nagy is Conservator of Three-Dimensional Works of Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She worked on the conservation of the famous Calder's Circus.||Arnauld Pierre is Professor of Art History at the Universite de Paris (Sorbonne IV). He is the author of Calder. Mouvement et realite (2009).||Emily C. Reed is a PhD candidate in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia.||Alex Taylor is a historian of modern art and visual culture whose recent publications on post-war sculpture have focused on the late career of Alexander Calder.