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Alexander Calder - Inventor of the Mobile

Updated on July 8, 2014

Kinetic Art | Kinetic Sculpture | Art in Motion

You may not recognize his name, but you'll certainly recognize his art.

There are names that are better known than Calder's, but how many artists can lay claim to actually inventing their own type of art? Calder can - he is credited as the inventor of the Mobile.

As a fan of Calder's work, my disappointment in creating this webpage is that a two-dimensional computer screen can't really demonstrate the beauty of a three-dimensional, moving piece of art. See his work in person if you can.

Alexander Calder Walking Past Exhibit of His Mobiles at the Guggenheim Museum

To purchase your own copy of this striking photograph, click Alexander Calder.

"My fan mail is enormous, everyone is under six."

- Alexander Calder

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Alexander Calder's Artwork

BTW - the inventor of the mobile was a painter, too!

Alexander Calder was a well known Mid-Century artist. Although common place now, his kinetic (moving) sculptures represented a new art form at the time - he is credited as the creator of the mobile.

Where Have You Experienced Alexander Calder's Work?

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      Calder's mobiles are fantastic! I once saw a photo of his studio, with dozens of them hung from the ceiling... like a flock of birds.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've not seen any of Alexander Calder's mobiles, in person, but have seen photos. I've seen one of his stationary sculptures. Great information - featured lens in my Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park lens.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Nice to see Calder here. Really great and lighthearted art!