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Calder : the conquest of space : the later years : 1940-1976

Author: Jed Perl
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The concluding volume of the first authorized biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved of 20th century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years. The concluding volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Perl, Jed.
Calder
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
(DLC) 2019025622
Named Person: Alexander Calder; Alexander Calder; Alexander Calder
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jed Perl
ISBN: 9780451494115 0451494113
OCLC Number: 1105735352
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Description: vi, 669 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Grand Rapids 1969 --
The war years --
Friends and neighbors --
Life among the surrealists --
Constellations --
A modern retrospective --
One fire, two dealers, and Three young rats --
Fathers and sons --
Paris again --
Roxbury --
Questions of travel --
Le 31 Janvier --
Sculpture into architecture --
Saché --
Democratic vistas --
Old and young --
Teodelapio --
Critics --
An autobiography with pictures --
Work in progress --
The artist at seventy --
A house on a hill --
Late style --
Chicago, Jerusalem, and Barcelona --
The dancer and the dance.
Other Titles: Calder (2020)
Responsibility: Jed Perl.

Abstract:

"The concluding volume of the first authorized biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved of 20th century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years. The concluding volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa, opened their home to the stream of artists and writers in exile from Europe. In the postwar decades, they divided their time between the United States and France, as Sandy made his first monumental public sculptures and received blockbuster commissions that included Expo '67 in Montreal, and the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Jed Perl makes clear how Sandy's radical sculptural imagination shaped the minimalist and kinetic art movements that emerged in the 1960s. And we see, as well, that through everything--their ever-expanding friendships with artists and writers of all stripes; working to end the war in Viet Nam; hosting riotous dance parties at their Connecticut home; seeing "mobile," Sandy's essential artistic invention, find its way into Webster's' dictionary--Sandy and Louisa remained the risk-taking, singularly bohemian couple they had been since first meeting at the end of the Roaring Twenties. The biography ends with Sandy's death in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight--only weeks after an encyclopedic retrospective of his work opened at the Whitney Museum in New York--but leaves us with a new, clearer understanding of both the artist and the man"--

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