AR115 Park Influences On Calder Sculptural Forms & Comparison

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Do a web search and read in your textbook about Alexander Calder. Discuss the main influences on Calder's sculptural forms, and why he gravitated to the materials, forms and methods he uses to make his scuptural work. Compare Calder to one other artist/sculptor of his time such as Constantin Brancusi, Naum Gabo, Jean Tinguely, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Alberto Giacometti or Marcel Duchamp: what do they have in common, and what is different? Make sure you try to connect the materiality of Calder's work (naming particular pieces he has done) to his ideas, and do the same for the artist you are comparing him to.

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School: New York University


Surname 1

Name of student
Professor’s Name
Course title
Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and artist, who grew up in a successful
artisan’s family backing from his grandfather, father, and mother. Initially, in his childhood, he
would make some sculptures using clay, but this did not establish his artistic ground for he
decided to enroll himself in a mechanical engineering course. By 1926 he started his artisan work
whereby he developed small locomotive wood and wired fi...

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