Enlarged and updated reissue of the fundamental monograph on the great american artist.
450 works retrace the great sculptor’s whole artistic development. With mobiles and stabiles, circus performers and “constellations”, works in wood and bronze, paintings and gouaches, games and utensils, the book reveals a wealth of inventions still close to the contemporary sensibility yet at the same time classic. This immense anthology of Calder’s work reveals the many facets of European avant-garde culture (Sartre and Duchamp, Mondrian and Miró, Klee and Matisse) which Calder succeeded in grasping and reinterpreting with an original sensibility after his arrival in Paris in 1926. As a result his art became one of the high points of the encounter between the figurative cultures of America and Europe. Giovanni Carandente writes: “It was thanks to Calder that art returned, in the midst of the clamour of machine civilization, to the quiet springs of a natural minimum poetic”.